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* BART Lake Merritt Station Shut Down During Search for Armed Men

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BART briefly shut down its Lake Merritt station in Oakland this afternoon as police searched for a suspect who fled a traffic stop. Oakland police pulled over a car at 11:43 a.m. near the station, BART spokesman Jim Allison said.
Two suspects fled the car, both armed with handguns, and ran into a nearby BART maintenance facility. One suspect was apprehended there, but a witness reported that the second had run onto the tracks toward the Lake Merritt station, Allison said. BART shut off power to the tracks, and no trains were allowed through the station. Police emptied a train at the station and searched it and the tracks but did not find the suspect. At 12:15 p.m., BART determined that the station was safe and trains began moving through again. The closure caused delays of up to 20 minutes, but Allison said that as of 1:20 p.m. trains were mostly back on time.

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