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SAN DIEGO -- A suspect was taken into custody Thursday night after prompting an hours-long standoff with San Diego police at a middle school in the South Bay.

Shortly before 7 p.m., police received a call about a possibly armed man with a potential mental illness on the Montgomery Middle School campus at 1051 Picador Boulevard in the Otay Mesa area.

For most of the standoff, police say the suspect was sitting with his back against a wall on the second floor of the school and had two flare guns.

The suspect eventually surrendered after talking with negotiators. By 9:30 p.m., officers took him into custody.

The school, which is part of the Sweetwater Union High School District, was not in session. A few employees were on campus during the incident but were not in danger, police said.

The man will be taken to a county facility for a psychiatric evaluation, according to police. He will then be booked into jail because police say he pointed a firearm at officers.

No one was injured, police said.