Police shoot, kill parent suspected of taking teacher hostage in Riverside

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- A parent who allegedly took a teacher hostage at an elementary school in Riverside Tuesday, prompting an evacuation and hours-long standoff, was shot by police and has since died, authorities said.

Around 6 p.m., the man was taken on a stretcher from Castle View Elementary School after officers entered the classroom where the hostage was held and an officer-involved shooting occurred, KTLA reported. He later died from his injuries, police said.

Linda Montgomery, 70, was safe after the incident but was taken to a hospital as a precaution. She is listed on the school's website as a first-grade teacher.

The “barricaded hostage situation” started at 11:12 a.m. at the school at 6201 Shaker Drive, according to Riverside Police Department spokesman Officer Ryan Railsback.

The upset parent did not follow protocol, forced himself into the school and barricaded himself inside the classroom with the teacher, Railsback said. It wasn't clear why the parent was upset.

Police are investigating whether the parent had previous contact with the teacher and what may have triggered the incident.

Railsback said it was not clear if the parent had a weapon, but some type of smoke was spotted inside a classroom. Authorities were unsure what caused the parent to be upset.

Another staff member may have gotten into a physical altercation with the parent. That person was taken to hospital with non-serious injuries, he added.

Few hundred students and faculty were evacuated from the school and taken to a nearby park. Parents were seen picking up their children throughout the afternoon.

Aerial video from Sky5 showed students being led onto school buses.

School has been canceled for the rest of the week, officials said.