Man Armed With Knife Arrested at Pacoima Middle School

PACOIMA (CNS) - Police today arrested a man found armed with a knife inside a Pacoima middle school.

The Los Angeles School Police Department received a call about 9:15 a.m. from the principal of Maclay Middle School regarding a man spotted with the knife inside the school's gated area near the parking lot, according to an LASPD statement. The principal also reported that the man was walking on and off the campus, pulling on classroom doors and approaching staff with the knife.

The principal initiated a lockdown of the school and LASPD officers arrived at the scene.

Officers made contact with the man as he was attempting to reenter the campus and issued him several commands to drop the knife. The man ignored the commands and approached officers with the knife in hand.

Officers deployed less-lethal force against the man, which allowed them to take him into custody and retrieve the knife.

The man was taken to a hospital for procedural medical treatment and mental evaluation, the LASPD said.

No students, staff or officers were injured in the incident.

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