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Search for shoplifting suspect prompted lockdown at 3 Berkeley County schools

Published: Oct. 27, 2021 at 2:18 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 27, 2021 at 5:03 PM EDT
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GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCSC) - Goose Creek Police say a search for a shoplifting suspect in the area of three Berkeley County schools led to a precautionary lockdown at those campuses.

District spokesperson Katie Tanner says Westview Primary, Westview Elementary and Westview Middle Schools went under lockdown Wednesday afternoon. All students at the school were safe, she said.

Goose Creek Police Capt. James Brown said a shoplifting suspect ran from officers. The search in the nearby area for the suspect prompted the lockdown at the three schools, he said.

According to Berkeley County School District officials, during the search, the suspect was located at Westview Middle but he did not gain entry into any school building. The district said a school resource officer confronted the suspect outside, at which point the suspect fled.

Berkeley County School District officials released the following additional information:

As you are aware, the Westview Schools were placed on lockdown this afternoon at approximately 1:47 p.m. This lockdown began as a precautionary measure to ensure student safety while law enforcement searched for a suspect that was in the area. During the search, the suspect was located on the campus of Westview Middle, but did not gain entry into any school building. The school resource officer confronted the suspect outside of the school building, at which point the suspect fled the campus. Students and staff remained safe in lockdown during this time. Safety and security is our number one priority, and we appreciate the support we received today, and everyday, from BCSD Security and Emergency Management personnel, school resources officers, and local law enforcement. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s principal.

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