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Students tackle gunman at California high school, police say

The students wrestled the gunman and took his weapon from him.

October 16, 2019, 11:04 AM

Students at a California high school tackled a gunman and managed to take his weapon from him after he brandished it at the school, police said.

La Habra High School went on lockdown Tuesday morning after a student yielded a .22 caliber gun in the school, according to a statement from La Habra police.

However, two freshmen in the class ran up to him, wrestled him and got the weapon out of his hands, Sgt Jose Rocha told ABC News on Wednesday.

"It was the students who tackled him," Rocha said.

PHOTO: La Habra High School in La Habra, Calif.
La Habra High School in La Habra, Calif.
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The high school, located in Orange County, later lifted the lockdown.

All students and faculty were safe, according to the school.

Police said a student was detained and a weapon was recovered at the scene.

It was not immediately clear if the student was trying to show off the handgun or sell it, however it was not loaded, according to police.

Rocha said the student, who was not named, was placed into a juvenile detention center.

Calls to the district attorney's office on whether the student is facing charges were not returned.