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Search causes 3 Manchester schools to be placed on lockdown

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MANCHESTER, CT (WFSB) -

Two men are in police custody after a search for them in the woods of Manchester caused three nearby schools to be placed in lockdown Friday afternoon.

Officers searched for two men, 33-year-old Michael McCarthy and 30-year-old Joseph Bombardier, in the area of Love Lane and Olcott Drive around 3 p.m.

"Basically a report of two males that had run into the wood line off of Love Lane, which is behind the landfill," said Manchester Police Capt. Chris Davis. "One of them was potentially suicidal and possibly armed with a handgun."

McCarthy was wanted by police for a violation of probation while officers just wanted Bombardier for a "check welfare." Bombardier was not wanted on any criminal charges, police said.

Verplanck Elementary School, East Catholic High School and Cheney Tech were placed in lockdown because of the search, police said. However, all three lockdowns ended around 4 p.m. and the students were released to their parents.

Because the incident is near the schools, Verplanck Elementary School, East Catholic High School and Cheney Tech were placed in lockdown as a precaution, police said.

State police helicopter, Trooper 1, was called in to help locate the men as well as the SWAT team with K9s.

No serious injuries were reported during the search.

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