Published On: Wed, Nov 1st, 2017

California school standoff ends: Luvelle Kennon killed by police, teacher Linda Montgomery rescued, unharmed

Authorities shot and killed the who was holding his child’s 70-year-old teacher hostage for nearly seven hours in a Southern California elementary classroom Tuesday.

A SWAT team entered Castle View Elementary School, east of Los Angeles, shortly before 6 p.m., Officer Ryan Railsback said.

We, of course, had been fearing for the hostage’s life all day,” Railsback said, but the decision to hurl distracting flash-bang grenades and storm the classroom was made because “the fear for her safety was increasing.”

The teacher, Linda Montgomery, was not injured.

Railsback said late Tuesday that the man had been declared dead at a hospital, but would not release his name at that time.

Kennon had a backpack with him, Railsback said. It remains unclear whether he was armed and why he took Montgomery hostage.

The man has been identified as Luvelle Kennon, 27, whose daughter is a first-grade student at the school, by another family member, his uncle Carl Jackson who spoke to ABC.

The incident began shortly before 11:15 a.m. when Kennon forced his way past staff in the main office at Castle View Elementary, even punching a substitute teacher in the face.

“He had a breakdown, and he relapsed again. That’s all, he’s not dangerous,” Jackson said to the press earlier in the day.

Justin Grayson, a spokesman for the Riverside Unified School District, confirmed that all of the children were safe, explaining that the students were at lunch and were not in the classroom when the man barricaded himself inside with Montgomery.

Linda Montgomery has taught at the school for about 20 years.


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