UPDATE: PHS lockdown prompted by police search for pursuit suspect

Published: Mar. 1, 2021 at 3:09 PM EST|Updated: Mar. 4, 2021 at 4:36 PM EST
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UPDATE: 3/4/21 10:10 A.M.

A lockdown at Parkersburg High School Thursday morning has ended after about 25 minutes, a Wood County Schools spokesman said.

The lockout, put in place while police executed a search warrant at a house near the school, ended at 10:05 a.m., the spokesman said. It began about 9:40 a.m.

Police were looking for a man wanted in connection with a police pursuit on Monday.

During the lockdown, no one was permitted in or out of the building.

UPDATE 3/4/21 9:30 A.M.

Parkersburg High School remains under a precautionary lock down because of nearby police activity related to the search for a man who got away from authorities after a pursuit Monday afternoon, officials said.

A Wood County Schools school spokesman said the current lockdown, which began about 9:40 a.m., means no one is being allowed in or out of the building.

An earlier lockdown Thursday morning lasted about five minutes and was also related to the same police activity, school officials said.

Police Chief Joe Martin said officers are executing a search warrant “close to the school” looking for Michael Doyle.

Doyle allegedly got behind the wheel of a car after a traffic stop on Monday near 13th and Dillaway streets, police said. The car hit a city police cruiser before police said Doyle drove several blocks and jumped out and got away.

Police said a woman, who hasn’t been identified, was originally driving the car, but she got out after the traffic stop and Doyle managed to drive away.

Doyle has a felony warrant for child neglect, police said.

UPDATE 3/1/21 6:45 P.M.

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - Parkersburg Police are still looking for a suspect who they said rammed a police car Monday afternoon while trying to flee a traffic stop.

Chief Joe Martin said the man his department is looking for is Michael Doyle, who also has felony warrant out for child neglect.

If you have any information on his whereabouts, call the Parkersburg Police Department.

You can read more about Monday afternoon’s pursuit below.

UPDATE: 3-1/21 3:45 P.M.

Police in Parkersburg are looking for a man who allegedly rammed a cruiser Monday afternoon while fleeing from officers who had stopped the vehicle he was in, police said.

Police Chief Joe Martin said the suspect, who is possibly armed, is believed to be a white man in his early 20s. He was a originally a passenger in a car that police pulled over Monday afternoon in the area of 13th and Dillaway streets.

According to Martin, a woman driving the car got out during the traffic stop and the man got behind the wheel and fled. After about five blocks, Martin said the man jumped out and ran away.

The incident prompted a partial lockdown at Jefferson Elementary, but students were later released to go home for the day.

In addition, Parkersburg High School had a precautionary “lockout” for about 10 minutes. During that time, officials said students were kept in their classrooms and no one was allowed to enter the building.

This is a developing story, and we will have updates online and during WTAP News.

UPDATE: 3/1/21 3:30 P.M.

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - Wood County Schools officials have been cleared by Parkersburg Police to lift a partial lockdown at Jefferson Elementary that had been in place for a short time Monday afternoon because of a law-enforcement activity in the area, a spokesman said.

A spokesman said buses were allowed to leave, but about a dozen children remained at the school as of about 3:15 p.m. and that parents were being called to pick them up.

The lockdown was initiated as a precaution because of a heavy police presence in the area near the school, officials said.

Police have not said what prompted officers to be called to the area.


PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - Jefferson Elementary School in Parkersburg was placed under a partial lockdown Monday afternoon as a precaution because of police activity in the area, a Wood County Schools spokesman said.

Several law-enforcement cruisers were reported to be in the area, but Parkersburg Police have not returned calls about the incident that prompted the lockdown.

The school spokesman said students were able to leave the school on their buses but that students who walk to school are being kept at the school until they can be picked up by their parents or the lockdown is lifted.

This is a developing story, and we will have updates online and on WTAP News as more information becomes available.

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