High school in Austin, Texas, on lockdown due to police incident

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Posted: Dec 05, 2011 10:38 AM
High school in Austin, Texas, on lockdown due to police incident

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Bowie High School in Austin was on lockdown on Monday morning because a man being pursued by police had barricaded himself in a nearby house, officials said.

No one is allowed to enter or leave the south Austin school, said Helena Wright, a spokeswoman for Austin Independent School District.

The incident began as a stolen vehicle call, said Lisa Cortinas, a spokeswoman for the Austin Police Department. It turned into a pursuit, and shots were fired by police and sheriff's department officers, she said. She said it was unclear if the suspect fired shots or was shot.

(Reporting by Corrie MacLaggan in Austin)