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Search continues for fugitive Dennis Shampine, multi-agency manhunt underway

Dennis Shampine (Source: Walker Police Department) Dennis Shampine (Source: Walker Police Department)
Several agencies are involved in the search for Dennis Shampine. (Source: James deGraauw/WAFB) Several agencies are involved in the search for Dennis Shampine. (Source: James deGraauw/WAFB)
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WALKER, LA (WAFB) - The search continues for fugitive Dennis Shampine who was spotted by authorities Thursday morning and has been on the run all week.

Louisiana State Police confirmed an investigator with LSP saw Dennis Shampine, 33, walking along US 190 near the Livingston Parish-East Baton Rouge Parish line and the suspect ran off. He is wanted by the Walker Police Department.

A multi-agency pursuit is underway long the Amite River.  State Police helicopters and police dogs are assisting in the search.

"He's been on the run for a few days and we've done a lot of publicity," said Capt. Doug Cain.  "People know he's wanted. Certainly he can get to a desperate state and we don't want that out in the public We want to get him and we want to bring him in safe so the public can feel safe and the judicial system can go to work."

Shampine was convicted for attempted rape and aggravated burglary.  He is also wanted on charges of battery, two counts of robbery and failure to register as a sex offender. Police said he often stays in the Walker area, frequently in unoccupied trailers or houses.

He is described as a white male, 5'8" and weighs about 185 pounds. He has light brown hair, blue eyes and a tattoo on his left shoulder.

Walker High School was placed on lockdown as a precaution Tuesday morning. Police said 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's helicopter.

Officials added 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 it followed its protocol.

If you see Shampine, officials say call 911. 


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