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Walker schools locked down during police search

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WALKER - Administrators placed schools in Walker on lockdown during a police search in the city Tuesday morning.

Walker Police sent out an alert to the community to be on the lookout for a man named Dennis Shampine, 33, who was seen around 11 a.m. on Corbin Avenue, according to a post on the department's Facebook page.

Parents told News 2 that multiple students sent text messages to let them know about the lockdown. The police department said the schools voluntarily went on lockdown while police searched the area, and that it was lifted an hour later.

Shampine is wanted for several warrants including failing to register as a sex offender, battery, and robbery. According to court records in 2003 he was convicted of attempted aggravated rape. Police said there was no immediate threat to the schools, and called off their search around 3 p.m.

Shampine is described as 5'7" and weighing 170 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing a black baseball cap and black shorts.

Officers asked anyone who saw a man meeting Shampine's description to call them at (225) 664-3125 or call 911.

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