UPDATED: Man Arrested After Police Pursuit Leads to School Lock Down

Three Patchogue-Medford schools locked-in students during chase of suspect Wednesday morning.

A man was arrested Wednesday evening after a pursuit that morning led to a temporary lock-in for Patchogue-Medford High School, Oregon Middle School and Tremont Elementary School.

Police say that they were looking for 31-year-old Sean Burns, of Medford, who now faces multiple charges. Police did not specify Thursday what those charges are, but according to the New York State Unified Court System website, Burns had several outstanding warrants on multiple misdemeanor charges, including reckless driving, reckless endangerment, fleeing police, harassment, and criminal contempt.

Police pursued Burns after they received tips that he was last seen at a residence on Horseblock Road. During this pursuit, school officials were notified and issued a lock-in of the three schools.

An email and audio message from Superintendent Michael Locantore was sent to parents, stating the school received word from police of the chase at 8:50 a.m. and kept the lock-in up until police recommended at 9:50 a.m. that it was safe to call off.

Locantore said in the message that they were informed that the incident was a burglary, but police officials told Patch Thursday afternoon that Burns was not wanted for burglary.


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