Manhunt Leads to Lockdown at Scott Charter School

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UPDATE 9:15 p.m.: 

SCOTT, Ark. – A felony suspect is still on the loose after a bi-county manhunt Wednesday night that forced a lockdown at a nearby school. 
 
According to the England police chief, Christopher Phillips, 28, is wanted for felony domestic battery and fleeing out of Lonoke. 
 
“He tried to pull a lady into a car and take her against her will,” said Chief Susie Powell. “We were gonna block intersections for them [Lonoke police] and get them through the city safe. Then something happened to one of the Lonoke PD vehicles. I think they had some mechanical issues.”
 
Chief Powell said Lonoke had to fall out so that’s why England picked up the pursuit and followed Phillips to Walkers Corner Road and Highway 165 in Scott.
 
“The guy jumped out of the car, bailed out, hit the pavement, rolled down the hill and by that time, state police were involved,” Chief Powell said. 
 
They lost track of Phillips so Arkansas Department of Correction investigators searched on horseback for him with dogs. Meanwhile, Chief Powell said Pulaski and Lonoke County deputies plus police put Scott Charter School on lockdown, which was about a quarter of a mile from where Phillips left his car.
 
“We evacuated the school, got all the kids out safe,” she said. “Parents were a lot more concerned than the kids. It was a fun day for them, you know, they didn’t have to go to class. That’s kind of how it ended.” 
 
Law enforcement called off the search Wednesday night. 
 
Chief Powell last saw Phillips wearing a dark shirt and jeans, hoping to soon see him back in the striped pajamas and maybe have a calmer third day on the job as England’s new chief. 
 
“You know, I’ve been doing this 29 years,” she said. “I don’t have any surprises.” 
 
If anyone sees Phillips, call 911.
 

ORIGINAL STORY: 

SCOTT, Ark. – A manhunt in eastern Pulaski County for a felony suspect late Wednesday afternoon led to the lockdown of Scott Charter School.

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) said the suspect was being pursued by officers with the England Police Department and Arkansas State Police when he ran from his vehicle near Walkers Corner Road and Highway 165.

The PCSO identified the suspect as Christopher Phillips, who it says is wanted by the England Police Department for domestic battery and fleeing.

Tracking dogs from the Arkansas Department of Correction were brought in as officers on horseback searched for Phillips as the sun was setting.

The PCSO said the agency was notified of the situation shortly after 3 p.m. and the search crossed over from Lonoke County into Pulaski County minutes later.

Officers searched the school but found nothing, and children were soon after being allowed to leave with their parents as deputies remained on the campus. Most of the students were gone before 4:30, but a few were still there then waiting to be picked up.

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