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Four Winter Haven schools briefly placed on lockdown during police manhunt

Published Oct. 16, 2015

WINTER HAVEN — Winter Haven High School, Brigham Academy, Denison Middle School and Grace Lutheran School were placed on a brief, precautionary lockdown Friday afternoon while police searched for a suspect who fled a traffic stop.

A spokesperson for the Winter Haven Police Department said officers, Polk County deputies, police dogs and an airborne unit were used in the search after the suspect fled their vehicle, leaving it on the side of a nearby road.

The lockdown was announced in a police alert to media sent around 2:42 p.m.; about 10 minutes later the lockdown had been lifted.