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Missing man who prompted Pierce College evacuation is detained

A man who prompted Pierce College in Woodland Hills to be evacuated today has been found and detained
Man who prompted Pierce College shutdown is detained in Canoga Park and is under medical evaluation

A man who was reported missing and triggered a precautionary evacuation at Pierce College on Friday was apprehended at the Canoga Park Bowl shortly before 1 p.m., Los Angeles police said.

Pierce College was evacuated as a precautionary measure after the man, who lives near the campus, was reported missing and was feared to be armed and suicidal.

The man, who was not identified, was taken to a local hospital for medical evaluation after he was found at the bowling alley a short time later, said LAPD Officer Norma Eiseman.

Officers suspected he may have been under the influence of narcotics. They did not say whether he had a weapon, as had been feared when he was reported missing earlier in the day.

Pierce College campus police said the man's mother found a suicide note Friday morning, prompting her to call Los Angeles police, which alerted the college at 10:45 a.m.

The college was evacuated as authorities searched the Woodland Hills campus for the man. Authorities said he was not a student at the college.

A speech tournament planned for the day was also called off as a result of the shutdown.

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UPDATE

1:10 p.m. PDT: This post was updated to reflect the fact that the man being sought was found and apprehended.

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