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.
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