Chesterfield schools locked down during suspect search

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Posted by Colby Rogers

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - A lockdown order issued this morning for five Chesterfield schools is now lifted after police searched for a suspect in local neighborhoods.

Chesterfield County police were working with the sheriff's office in tracking a suspect who fled on foot while being issued a warrant for a nonviolent offense.

At the recommendation of Chesterfield Police, Salem Church Elementary and Middle, L.C. Bird High school,  the Chesterfield Tech Center and O.B. Gates Elementary were all placed on modified lockdown.

As a precaution, the exterior doors were locked and no one was allowed outside. Classroom instruction went on uninterrupted inside.

The schools also sent out automated messages to alert parents about the incident and to reassure them their children were safe.

Terry Watts, a Chesterfield parent, said he was glad the school system decided on the lockdown.

"You hear, from time to time, that these people slip through the fingertips of law enforcement and there's no telling where he could've gone," Watts said. "Putting the schools on lockdown is a very good idea. There's safety in numbers and putting the schools on lockdown was a very good idea."

Chesterfield Police say they have not located the suspect, but it was determined the schools are safe enough to lift the lockdown.

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