Covington schools end brief external lockdown

COVINGTON, Ohio (WDTN)- Covington schools faced a brief, but limited lockdown Friday this morning after there was a report of a chase suspect being pursued by Miami County Sheriff’s Office deputies in the area.

Covington Superintendent Gene Gooding said students were not in a full lockdown, but that schools were keeping students inside and not allowing them to travel between the high school and the K-8 building, according to our partners at the Piqua Daily Call.

An emergency team was also in place as staff members manned each of the doors while students attended class. The Covington Police were wonderful in their communication with us,” Gooding said to the Piqua Daily Call. “The safety of our students is our absolute number one concern.”

The partial lockdown was lifted shortly after 9 a.m.

The pursuit first began in the 500 block of South Street in Piqua at approximately 6:12 a.m. Friday when there was a report of a stolen truck.

According to Major Steve Lord of the Miami County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect passed a deputy at the intersection of Peterson and Farrington roads, where a pursuit then ensued on Farrington Road. The pursuit came to an end in the area of State Routes 41 and 48 where the vehicle crashed into a house, according to the Piqua Daily Call.

The suspect reportedly fled the scene on foot and is wanted by Miami County Sheriff’s Office deputies. The Miami County Sheriff’s Office called in a K-9 unit in an attempt to locate the suspect. Another call came in at approximately 8:23 a.m. of another theft in progress where a truck on Covington-Gettysburg Road was reported stolen. Deputies believe this vehicle — a 2007 green Ford F150 — was taken by the same suspect, and they are continuing to search for him and the stolen vehicle.

The suspect is not believed to be dangerous or violent, according to the Piqua Daily Call.

“We don’t have any reason to believe this person is armed and dangerous,” Lord said.

Deputies also believe that the suspect may be heading west toward Darke County, and the Miami County Sheriff’s Office has notified the Darke County Sheriff’s Office, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, and local police departments in the area.

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