Grafton school complex under lockdown, police say

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Update 9:30 a.m.: The lockdown has been lifted, according to the York County School Division and the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office. 

“The suspect has not been caught but we feel that there is no longer a need for the modified lock down at this time,” read a YPSO Facebook post. 

The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office called for a lockdown at Grafton high and middle schools Tuesday morning after police say a man was sighted in the area after fleeing a fatal wreck.

“We just have to take the precaution because he was seen nearby and want to make sure everyone’s safe in the school,” sheriff’s office spokesman Lt. Dennis Ivey said. “The bottom line is, he’s going to be cold and wet and soggy from being out all night and we just want to make sure he’s not looking for shelter at the school or anything.”

The suspect was spotted near the school facility after running from a car after the fatal car accident on Denbigh Boulevard in York County Monday night, police said.

“No need to panic,” read a post from the YPSO Facebook page. “We have no reason to believe that this suspect is armed or poses any actual threat to the school or the students. It is better to be safe than sorry.”

This post will be updated as more information becomes available.