UNION COUNTY, N.C. (QUEEN CITY NEWS) — Lockdowns have been lifted at two Union County elementary schools Friday following a police chase in the area. One suspect remains on the run and two suspects are in custody at this time, the Sheriff’s Office said.

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The Union County Sheriff’s Office reported that both Poplin and Sardis Elementary Schools were temporarily placed on lockdown. Deputies will remain in the area and on school campuses Friday as a precautionary measure.

UCSO deputies and Monroe officers were searching Friday for a suspect who led authorities on a police chase in the area around Unionville Indian Trail Road and the Monroe Bypass.

The chase began earlier on Friday after a 911 caller reported multiple men ‘acting suspiciously’ in a local Monroe neighborhood.

After a lengthy and extensive search of the area, which included multiple law enforcement K-9 teams and deputies on foot, all evidence indicates that the third suspect involved in this incident is no longer in the Indian Trail area, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Two of the three suspects have been taken into custody at this time.

“Detectives will continue to investigate this matter to determine the appropriate criminal charges for the suspects who are in custody,” the Union County Sheriff’s Office said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the UCSO at 704-283-3789.