A parent was holding a teacher hostage in a classroom at Castle View Elementary School in Riverside, California and students were being evacuated while the school was locked down, on October 31. "He did everything he could to try to prevent the suspect from taking the teacher into the classroom and being held hostage, to the point where he got hit in the face pretty good".
According to the Riverside Police Department, the incident began around noon local time when the suspect stormed into Castle View Elementary. The man was shot by police and pronounced dead at the hospital. Some backpacks, lunches and pieces of Halloween costumes could be seen, Grayson said, along with broken glass outside the classroom and blood where a substitute teacher tried to stop Kennon. The suspect then took the hostage, identified as Linda Montgomery, into an empty classroom.
Railsback said negotiators had been talking to the man but hadn't heard from the teacher and feared for her life. Police released them for their parents after 4 p.m.
Riverside Unified School District PIO Justin Grayson confirmed to FOX 11 that all students are safe and have been evacuated from campus. Parents were required to show ID before leaving with any students.
Shortly before 6 pm, Riverside police raided the classroom using flash bang grenades.
The parent, who died at a hospital, was identified by Riverside authorities late Tuesday as Luvelle Kennon, 27, but no other information about him was released.
"He's not risky", Kennon's uncle Carl Jackson said before the standoff ended.
Police help escort students to a nearby restroom as they wait to be released to parents after a man barricaded himself in a classroom at Castle View Elementary School in Riverside on October 31, 2017. The supposed family members also claim they took away the man's vehicle keys earlier in the day.
Classes have been canceled at the elementary school for the rest of the week.