Schools in Grantsville had to shelter-in-place Tuesday afternoon due to a police manhunt for a fugitive in the area.
Around 2:30 p.m., a Grantsville City police officer responded to a call of a suspicious male near a school, according to Grantsville City Police Chief Kevin Turner. When the suspect was identified as a wanted fugitive, the officer approached and the man fled on foot through a neighborhood.
The fugitive was wanted on a no-bail warrant, but Turner said he was unsure why the warrant had been issued.
Due to the proximity of the chase to Grantsville’s elementary, middle and high schools, the police recommended the schools go into shelter-in-place, Turner said. Two preschools in Grantsville also went into shelter-in-place as a result of the pursuit.
It took police over an hour to locate the man, who was found by a K-9 hiding in a garbage can on Park Street, Turner said.
The shelter-in-place at Grantsville schools was lifted around 3:20 p.m. and parents were able to pick up their children from school, according to the Tooele County School District.
Information on the fugitive’s identity was incomplete. The story will be updated when more information becomes available.