Lakeside SWAT Prompts School Lockdown

Lindo Park Elementary School is on lockdown as a precaution

By Sarah Grieco and Greg Bledsoe
|  Monday, May 7, 2012  |  Updated 5:02 PM PDT
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Lakeside SWAT Suspect in Custody

Authorities line up outside a Lakeside home, where a man has barricaded himself inside the residence.

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A school in Lakeside was on lockdown after a SWAT team surrounded a house on 12700 Lakeshore Dr. Monday morning.

The 45-year-old suspect barricaded himself in the house and claimed to have a gun, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department

At about 4:30 p.m. Monday, the suspect was in custody, and authorities called an ambulance to assist the man, who had stab wounds to his chest.

The house was surrounded by the SWAT team for about 7 hours.

Deputies confirmed the man inside the house was vandalism suspect Kenny Lee Walker. Authorities responded to the area because a man was allegedly slashing tires around 9:30 a.m.

When deputies spotted Walker and tried to detain him for questioning, he ran into a nearby house and refused to come out. A woman was inside the home when Walker entered the residence, but she made it out safely.

Despite making several call-outs, Walker refuses to leave the house. He claims he has a gun and is threatening to hurt himself and deputies. SWAT officers used an armored truck to bust through the home's gate, and just after 2:30 p.m. used a loud speaker to talk Walker into surrendering.

When their efforts proved unsuccessful, the Bomb/Arson Unit send in a robot to view check on the suspect. Images showed the man laying on a sofa. He indicated earlier that was injured.  

Lindo Park Elementary School located at 12824 Lakeshore Dr. was on lockdown as a precaution. El Capitan High School was "secured," which means students are not allowed to leave their classrooms, but that was lifted shortly after 2:45 p.m.

Nearby homes in the area were also evacuated. Vine Street and Lakeshore Drive were closed during this incident, but have since been re-opened.

Students at Lindo Park Elementary School were dismissed at 2:05 p.m. and parents were asked to pick up their children at Petite Lane and Lakeshore Drive at the back gate. 

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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