Lockdown lifted at 4 New Haven schools

Brian Heyward. (West Haven police photo)

Four schools in New Haven were placed on lockdown on Wednesday morning while police searched for a domestic violence suspect.

Police confirmed to Eyewitness News that the "precautionary lockdowns" were in connection with the search for a wanted man out of West Haven.

Investigators said around 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Brian Heyward, 38, entered his ex-girlfriend's vehicle in the area of Second Avenue and Elm Street. He was armed with a knife and wanted her to drive.

She was able to escape and dial 911.

Heyward, however, remained on the loose. He was last seen in the victim's car, a gray 2014 Toyota Camry with Connecticut registration OAJ-DT0. Police said the car was later found on Wednesday morning in auto sales lot on Bright Street in New Haven.

Heyward was believed to be on foot.

The New Haven Public Schools spokesman did not name the schools involved in the lockdown. The lockdowns were lifted around 11:45 a.m.

Police cruisers and unmarked cars were spotted on Grand Avenue.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the West Haven Police Department at 203-937-3900.

No further information was released by authorities.

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