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Suspect with gun prompts Tustin schools lockdown

Several Tustin schools were locked down Thursday before an armed suspect was taken into police custody.
April 10, 2014 10:39:22 AM PDT
Several Tustin schools were locked down Thursday before an armed suspect was taken into police custody.

The incident began at about 8:50 a.m. Thursday when police dispatch received a radio call about a suspicious person armed with a sawed-off shotgun or a rifle. A Tustin police officer observed the suspect walking on the sidewalk and confronted him, and an officer-involved shooting occurred. No one was injured.

The suspect fled into an apartment complex, still armed with a gun, in the 1600 block of Nisson Road.

Orange County Sheriff's snipers were loaded into a police helicopter that launched from a closed-off street. Tactical teams approached the location, and the suspect surrendered.

The suspect, identified as 20-year-old Henry Herrera of Tustin, was taken into custody by 2 p.m. Herrera faces charges including brandishing a firearm at a police officer and illegal possession of a firearm.

Several Tustin Unified School District schools were placed on lockdown as a precaution, and residents were notified using a reverse 911 system about the shooting, Tustin Police Chief Charlie Celano said.

Anyone with information about the suspect was asked to call Tustin Police at (714) 573-3200.


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