Motives probed for man killed after holding teacher hostage

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) -- An uncle says the 27-year-old man suspected of holding hostage a 70-year-old teacher hostage for hours had an emotional breakdown before going to the Southern California school.

No more has been revealed about the motivation of the father who police say walked into his daughter's school in Riverside and barricaded himself and the teacher in a classroom.

Luvelle Kennon was shot and killed by a SWAT team Tuesday night.

Before Kennon was shot, his uncle Carl Jackson told KABC-TV he was "not dangerous," he had merely suffered an "emotional breakdown" and family members needed to get in to talk to him.

However, authorities say they were afraid for the teacher's life after not hearing from her for hours. The SWAT team stormed the classroom. Kennon was declared dead at a hospital hours later.

AP-WF-11-01-17 0718GMT



 
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