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Lexington police with K-9 tracking suspect who may have taken a gun from a vehicle

Lexington, SC (Paul Kirby) – Lexington police officers have a perimeter set and are searching for a young man they believe took a firearm from a vehicle in the area of Gibson Forest off Gibson Road not far from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. They received the original call around 5:00 a.m. Monday and officers quickly arrived in the area. One spotted a young man who then led the officer on a foot pursuit. He was originally able to escape. Other officers, assisted by deputies from the Sheriff’s Department, flooded the area and set up a perimeter. Lexington’s K-9 handler and crime scene investigators also were dispatched. At 6:00 a.m., the K-9 was tracking the suspect in the area. There are many officers in the vicinity watching at every curve and hill.

The original description of the suspect was a young black male. Officer said they thought he might be a teen. The officer who was chasing the suspect on foot said that he believed the young man was wearing black pants and had on a camouflage backpack. He is suspected in multiple vehicle break-ins in the area and may be armed with a pistol taken from one of those. So far, officers are looking at either break-ins or vehicle tampering in Gibson Forest, on Titus Street, and other areas and neighborhoods.

Homeowners should not go into their yards as they may disturb the dog’s tracking. Residents in the area should also lock their doors, and if they see anything out of the ordinary dial 911. Commuters in the area should also be prepared for some delays because of the heavy police presence. We will update this story as more becomes available.

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