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Third school locked down because of nearby police activity

Two schools locked down earlier today are now reopened, but standoff closes a third

Updated Monday, March 3, 2014 | 4:19 p.m.

A third Las Vegas Valley school was locked down today, this time when a man barricaded himself in his home and threatened suicide after a Las Vegas constable attempted to serve an eviction notice, authorities said.

Earlier in the day, a man suspected of driving a stolen car led Henderson Police on a chase before running into a nearby neighborhood and causing the temporary lockdown of two elementary schools.

In the latest incident, Metro Police responded to the barricade situation about 11:20 a.m. in the 3900 block of Pamplona Street, near Rainbow Boulevard and Flamingo Road.

Decker Elementary School was placed on lockdown about 11:45 a.m. as a precaution, and police evacuated residents in nearby homes, Metro spokeswoman Laura Meltzer said.

Metro SWAT officers arrived about 2 p.m. and were attempting to make contact with the man, she said.

In the Henderson case, a license plate scanning system alerted officers about 10:30 a.m. to a stolen vehicle near East Lake Mead Boulevard, Henderson Police spokeswoman Kathleen Richards said.

When police attempted to pull over the car, the man sped away. Police chased him onto the 215 Beltway and then to Green Valley and Paseo Verde parkways, Richards said. The man got out of the car and ran away, Richards said.

Twitchell Elementary and Vanderburg Elementary were locked down about 11:15 a.m. while police searched for the man, Clark County School District officials said. The lockdown was lifted about 11:45 a.m.

“Everyone is safe and we’re all back to our normal routines,” Twitchell Principal Michele Wooldridge said in a message to parents.

Henderson Police had not captured the suspected car thief as of midafternoon, Richards said.

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