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Monday, March 21, 2011

Man takes knife into NBA arena

LOS ANGELES (AP) A steak-knife-wielding man held police and security guards at bay for nearly an hour at the Staples Center before the Los Angeles Clippers' game Saturday against the Cleveland Cavaliers, authorities said.

The center's general manager, Lee Zeidman, said the man, who was not identified, walked into the venue through an employee entrance. He said security officers tried to block his entry, but the man was brandishing the blade.

The man ran to the arena floor, where he was met by 25 security staffers who surrounded him until police arrived.

He eventually made his way to the visiting bench, where he spoke to three police officers with their guns drawn from approximately six meters away.

Police shot the man with a beanbag gun and detained him after he made a move toward a tunnel leading off the court.



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