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Gold Hill schools safe after fugitive caused lockdown

A Mecklenburg County fugitive caused a lockdown this morning Gold Hill Elementary and Middle schools in Tega Cay, but the disruption lasted less than an hour.

Principal Terry Brewer of Gold Hill Elementary said the school was on lockdown for between 30 and 45 minutes after a fugitive was spotted in a nearby neighborhood.

Because the Gold Hill schools were near the sighting, a resource officer told them to secure themselves, school staff said. "We tried to keep teachers informed and keep our building safe and secure,” Brewer said.

According to a message sent out by Gold Hill Middle principal Thomas Johnston, the fugitive was wanted by North Carolina-Charlotte Mecklenburg Probation and Parole Board. He was seen in the area of Gold Hill Road and Hwy. 160 by York County Sheriff's Office and then fled on foot.

"The area was completely checked and the fugitive was apprehended by law enforcement," Johnston said in his memo to parents.

Between 9 and 9:15 a.m., Brewer said Tega Cay Police and the resource officer assured administrators that they were “safe to resume our schedule.”

After the lockdown was relaxed, the schools sent an alert to Gold Hill parents, telling them, “There are no incidents to report, and we are now safe and back on schedule.”

Brewer said she did not know whether the fugitive was caught but added that for officers to tell the schools to resume their schedules, the fugitive at least was “out of the area.”

York County Sheriff’s Office and the Tega Cay Police Department could not be reached. It is unclear what the fugitive is wanted for.