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Rock Hill manhunt prompts lockdown at 3 schools

Jonathan McFadden
jmcfadden@heraldonline.com
Heyward Wurdemann
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Heyward Wurdemann

ROCK HILL Three Rock Hill schools were placed on lockdown Monday afternoon as deputies searched for a suspect who ran from an officer, authorities said.

After about two hours, deputies found Heyward Wurdemann, 20, in a shed behind a house on Lovelace Road, York County Sheriff's spokesman Trent Faris said. He fled from deputies, running in the area between Firetower and Edenvale roads.

Rock Hill High, Castle Heights Middle and Independence Elementary schools were placed on lockdown around 2:30 p.m.

Independence and Castle Heights were placed on “moderate” lockdowns, during which students were dismissed under increased police presence, schools spokeswoman Karen Vinson said. Deputies recommended lifting the lock down 10 minutes after it was implemented.

Rock Hill High remained under a “preventative” lockdown past 4 p.m., although deputies recommended the lock down be lifted more than an hour earlier.

Wurdemann was wanted in connection with a Jan. 2 assault involving his pregnant girlfriend. He is charged with criminal domestic violence and kidnapping and could face additional charges.

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