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Man in custody as Morrisville, Cazenovia return to normal operations
CAZENOVIA, N.Y. (WKTV) - A man is in custody after he allegedly led police on a chase between two Madison County college campuses, putting both schools on lockdown.
The chase started after 9:00 p.m. in Munnsville. According to the Madison County Sheriff's Department, 26-year-old Derik Churchill of Oneida led authorities on a chase through southern Madison County, into Onondaga County and back into Madison County near Chittenango. The chase ended at Cazenovia College at about 1:30 a.m.
Churchill was captured on Cazenovia campus, right outside of student dorm rooms. He was not armed as campus authorities has originally feared, according to the college president.
The lockdowns were lifted around 3 a.m.
The sheriff's department says the chase started when they attempted to serve an order of protection against Churchill after he turned up at the protected person's residence in Munnsville.
Churchill was finally caught after authorities put down "stop sticks" in the Village of Cazenovia on the campus of the college.
Both SUNY Morrisville and Cazenovia College were on lockdown between late Thursday night and early Friday morning, but have since returned to normal operations.
Members of the New York State University Police, New York State Police and Madison County Sheriff’s Department as well as all local law enforcement agencies were involved in the search for the man and his vehicle.
Picture from Ryan Hanehan on Twitter.