SWAT sniper shoots armed man in Paradise Hills standoff

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SAN DIEGO — A man reportedly firing his rifle at a home near Paradise Hills Elementary School Thursday prompted a police standoff and campus lockdown, ending when a SWAT sniper shot the man.

Gunfire was reported on Altamont Court around 2:30 p.m., according to San Diego police. When officers were unable to contact the man, a SWAT team was called in to take up positions around the house.

Meanwhile, administrators at the elementary school directed teachers to keep students locked in their classrooms until further notice, San Diego Unified School District spokeswoman Maureen Magee said. When classes let out for the day at 2:50 p.m., campus police guided and escorted children out of the school to ensure their safety, according to Magee.

Shortly before 4 p.m., police said the man appeared at the back door of the home with his rifle and pointed it toward a team of officers. A SWAT sniper shot the man and officers moved in, taking him into custody.

He was taken to the hospital in unknown condition.

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