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IE man shoots self during standoff w/sheriffs

January 22, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
A man facing eviction shot himself and died during a standoff with sheriff's deputies east of Hemet.The standoff took place in the 42000 block of Harmony Drive near Meridian Street.

At about 10 a.m. Friday, deputies arrived with an eviction notice. About five hours later, deputies sent in a robot which relayed images that showed the man was dead.

The man's name was not immediately released.

Little Lake Elementary School about a block away from the scene was placed under lockdown as members of a bomb squad and SWAT team surrounded the house.

Students were eventually released early to their parents.

City News Service contributed to this report.