Zachary schools lockdown lifted; police search called off
ZACHARY - Most community schools were placed on lockdown Thursday morning as police searched for a suspect in a police chase.
The lockdown was lifted after about an hour and a half Thursday morning.
The pursuit involved a man, identified by police as 47-year-old Andrew Thompson, driving a car with a child inside. It's not clear if Thompson was related to the child. The child was safely recovered.
According to police, Thompson fled in the car after police tried to conduct a traffic stop.
While the school district suggested to parents schools were going into its most secure mode due to a home invasion, authorities said it was not a home invasion, rather, a large-scale manhunt. Police were using a helicopter and dogs during the search.
The manhunt was called off just after noon on Thursday, however residents are urged to contact police if Thompson is seen. Police say that Thompson is considered to dangerous.
WBRZ has a crew in Zachary. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
Follow publisher of this post on Twitter: @treyschmaltz
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
WBRZ's 'Stuff the Bus' event partners with local businesses to get school...
Officials rush multiple people to hospital with possible carbon monoxide poisoning
Olympian, Simone Biles withdraws from all-around final, citing mental health concerns
Arson fire destroys Violet Street apartment
WBRZ's annual Stuff the Bus Campaign begins Wednesday