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Palm Harbor University High School has brief lockdown

PALM HARBOR — Palm Harbor University High School was briefly locked down Tuesday afternoon after Pinellas County sheriff's deputies responded to a report of an armed, suicidal man at a nearby address.

Deputy Paul Pantel, the school's resource officer, said after hearing from Sheriff's Office colleagues about the call shortly after 2 p.m., he ordered students into the building and locked exits.

The school day having ended at 1:50 p.m., Pantel said few students remained in the area. The school is on Omaha Street, north of Nebraska Avenue.

Pantel said he ended the lock down after perhaps 15 minutes when learning from the Sheriff's Office that the threat had passed.

The allegedly armed, suicidal man is now in custody, Sheriff's Office officials said, and charges are pending.

Palm Harbor University High School has brief lockdown 10/13/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 13, 2009 4:51pm]
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