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Zachary schools put on lockdown during police search

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Posted: Oct 25, 2011 5:09 PM by Russell Jones and Rachel Frost
Updated: Oct 25, 2011 6:37 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Zachary, schools, lockdown, police, search, shooting, armed, robbery

ZACHARY - Administrators put several schools in Zachary on lockdown this morning while police searched the area for two armed robbers.

"We made the decision that since the busses were already on their routes that we would just have the schools receive the students and have the schools go into an immediate lockdown," Zachary Police Chief David Courtney Sr. said.

Courtney said they got a 911 call about shots fired on Redbud Street around 6:30 a.m. Police were told by a homeowner there that two men in masks and armed with a handgun tried to rob and possibly abduct him. Courtney said shots were fired at the scene and no one was hit, but it's not clear if the homeowner shot at the armed men or if they fired at him.

Nearby schools were placed on lockdown while police, assisted by Baker PD and East Baton police dog found one suspect, 33-year-old Chase Smith of New Orleans, who had tools on him that were consistent with a home invasion.

Courtney said they got a rough description of the second suspect and a car the two had in the area, but could not find either of them.

Police questioned Smith about the attempted robbery and Courtney said they believe the pair targeted the homeowner specifically, but didn't have more information about why.

One of the victim's family members, who asked not to be identified, said, "It's not a good feeling because you never know what the other one might come back and do."

Smith was booked in East Baton Rouge Parish Prison and charged with attempted armed robbery and attempted kidnapping.

Anyone with information about this morning's incident should contact Zachary Police at (225) 654-9393.

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