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Chase by Border Patrol results in lockdown at Gautier High

By WESLEY MULLER

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GAUTIER -- Police helped capture two men who led U.S. Border Patrol agents on a foot chase through a wooded area near Gautier High School on Tuesday afternoon.

The school was on lockdown for about 30 minutes as authorities set up a perimeter around the woods and eventually apprehended the men.

Pascagoula-Gautier schools spokeswoman Debbie Anglin said it's standard procedure, when notified by police, to lock down a school and keep students until any possible danger is passed.

Border Patrol agents had stopped a vehicle shortly before 3 p.m. near Gautier-Vancleave Road and Valleywood Drive. The two occupants left the car near the high school and ran into nearby woods, Gautier police spokesman Matt Hoggatt said.

"They never got onto the school property," he said.

Pascagoula and Gautier officers assisted the federal agents in surrounding the wooded area and closing in on the two. The men were in custody by the time the school dismissed classes about 3:40 p.m., Hoggatt said.

Karen Nelson, Sun Herald staff writer, contributed to this report.

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