Suspect ID'd in traffic stop that led to manhunt, school lockdow - KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana News Weather & Sports

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Suspect ID'd in traffic stop that led to manhunt, school lockdown

WANTED: Paul Wesley Hawkins, 38, of the 700 block of Flournoy Lucas Road in Shreveport, one count each of excessive speed and aggravated flight from an officer. (Source: Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office) WANTED: Paul Wesley Hawkins, 38, of the 700 block of Flournoy Lucas Road in Shreveport, one count each of excessive speed and aggravated flight from an officer. (Source: Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office)
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HAUGHTON, LA (KSLA) -

Bossier Parish authorities have identified the Shreveport man they think left behind a truck and a driver's license when he bailed during a traffic stop Wednesday.

Wanted by Haughton police is 38-year-old Paul Wesley Hawkins, of the 700 block of Flournoy Lucas Road, the Bossier Sheriff's Office reports.

He faces one count each of excessive speed and aggravated flight from an officer.

Hawkins stands 5’9” tall, weighs about 135 pounds and has brown hair and green eyes.

Law enforcement officers do not think he is a threat to the public, Bossier sheriff's Lt. Bill Davis said.

However, authorities ask anyone who sees him to call the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office at (318) 965-2203.

Bossier authorities spent most of Wednesday afternoon looking for Hawkins in the Haughton area. 

They now think he may have left that area. 

The search for Hawkins prompted the lockdown of two Haughton schools and delayed school buses in getting students home for the day.

The events began to unfold when a Haughton police officer tried to pull over a vehicle for speeding in the 100 block of West McKinley Street about 1 p.m., Davis said.

Instead of stopping, the driver fled to the end of North Cherry Street, where he bailed out of the vehicle and fled on foot.

That prompted a search involving Bossier sheriff's deputies, K-9 units and drones.

Haughton Middle and Haughton High schools were placed on lockdown as the manhunt ensued.

Authorities also increased patrols around the two campuses.

"Buses transporting students home this afternoon were delayed or had their routes altered to ensure children returned home safely while the search was ongoing," Davis said.

Bossier School District spokeswoman Sonja Bailes released the following statement:

If your child attends school in Haughton, please be aware that buses are expected to be delayed due to a police search for a suspect centered around South Cherry Street, Washington Street and West Jackson. Bus 294, which serves Platt, Rodes and Princeton will alter its route, as will Bus 89 that serves Haughton Middle and Bus 145 that serves Haughton High. There will be delayed drop-off in these areas. Law enforcement presence has been increased in these areas and will remain so until all students are returned home safely and the suspect is apprehended.

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