WALKER, LA (WAFB) - Walker High School was placed on lockdown as a precaution Tuesday mid-morning. Officials with the Walker Police Department say school officials made the decision to put the school on lockdown because of a significant law enforcement presence in the area, including the Sheriff's Office helicopter.
"We're looking for a subject who we have several warrants on," said Captain John Sharp with Walker Police Department. "Someone called the school and said there's a bunch of cops outside the school, so the school was put on lock down."
Officials say the subject was not seen near the schools and there was never any risk to the schools, but that is not something the school board could take a chance on, so they followed their protocol.
Officers with the
need the public's help in finding 33-year-old Dennis Shampine. He is wanted on charges of battery, two counts of robbery and failure to register as a sex offender. Police say Shampine often stays in the Walker area, frequently in unoccupied trailers or houses.
"Any police you see in the area are for the search only. There are no other police issues," said Captain Sharp.
Shampine was last seen at approximately 11:05 a.m. in Walker, walking along Corbin Ave., wearing a black ball cap & black shorts, unknown shirt color.
He is described as a white male, 5'8" and about 185 pounds. He has light brown hair, blue eyes and a tattoo on his left shoulder.
Around 3 p.m. Tuesday, the search for Shampine was called off even though he had not been captured.
Officials with the Walker Police Department posted this on their Facebook page:
We will continue to search for Mr. Shampine and we ask that you let us know if you happen to see him. Now that the helicopter is no longer circling overhead and the excitement has died down, he may try to slip out of his hiding place, so keep an eye out for him. Thank you for your help and support!
Anyone with information is urged to call the Walker Police Department at 225-644-3125, or call 911. You are also able to text the police department anonymously by texting TIPWALKERPD to 888777, then follow the prompts.
Police say if you come into contact with Shampine, do not confront him, just call police.