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  • “I’m sorry you can’t enter here you’ll have to enter the complex from the other entry,” the policeman said.
    I ask my husband, “What do you think is going on?”

    We drive a 1/2 mile down to the other major entrance. The elementary and middle school are blocked off. We are stopped by a traffic cop who says, “Sorry the roads closed.” My husband says, “But we only live one block down.” “You are unable to use this road to drive on or to use as a pedestrian access because there is an incident on Snowberry.” My husband turns into a side street and we park the car and walk across the adjoining park between the two cul-de-sacs to our house.

    Helicopters are hovering overhead and we see an armored SWAT vehicle moving down the avenue. Five minutes have passed and they have cordoned off the park so we cannot access our vehicle to get out. Apparently we are inside the parameter. Mothers are taking their kids out of the pool at swim practice and scurrying them across the street to their parked cars at the police command center.

    Several calls to the police department and my husband finally gets a live person. “Should we take the kids out of this area.” My husbands asks. “Snowberry is only two blocks over. The police have set up a command center across the street in the schools parking lot. Paramedics, police crime scene units and SWAT investigators have cordoned off the area.” He’s put on hold. Ten minutes later he is still on hold and he hangs up.

    Inside the house I wonder if I can find out anything online. Nothing in the local paper. Nothing is reported yet. It may be a domestic incident or a possible burglary in progress. Chances are I may find out in a little while what this is all about but in the mean time, it is a bit unnerving.

    Three hours later this article shows up online.

    By Sean Emery/ The Orange County Register

    "IRVINE – SWAT officers have been called out to an Irvine home where a man is refusing to leave and claims to be armed, police said.

    The standoff began shortly after 1:20 p.m., when officers responded to reports of a man breaking into a home off Culver Drive, between Deerfield Avenue and Irvine Center Drive, Lt. Julia Engen said.

    Authorities learned that the 40-year-old man lived at the home, but police say he is currently barred from being there due to a restraining order tied to a "domestic issue."

    Officers are trying to communicate with the man, who claims to have a handgun and has "made some threats," Engen said.

    There was an unconfirmed report of what may have been a gunshot, Engen said, but the man has spoken to officers since it was heard."

    Helicopters are still circling and police lines are still up. Another peaceful day in one of the safest cities in America.
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