Lockdown Lifted a Naval Medical Center San Diego, Suspect Arrested

The outstanding suspect who prompted a lockdown at the Naval Medical Center San Diego has been taken into custody, officials reported Saturday.

Russell Merck, 22, was taken into custody by Chula Vista Police on an outstanding felony warrant.

Police first attempted to contact Merck around 3:15 p.m. Friday on 26th Street and Perishing Drive near Balboa Park.

As officers searched the area, one officer fell and was injured. 

Staff at the Naval Medical Center were told to shelter-in-place around 4 p.m., officials from the center told NBC 7, because the suspect entered the overflow parking lot just south of the campus.

When officials swept the campus, they did not find the suspect. 

The shelter-in-place was lifted at 5:30 p.m. despite that the fact that the suspect was not located, officials said, because they are confident he will not enter campus grounds again. 

There was no active shooter on the Naval Medical Center campus, officials told NBC7.

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