BEVERLY (CBS) — Beverly Hospital and Beverly High School were put lockdown by police on Wednesday evening as they searched for a potentially armed suspect in the area.

Officials said Charles Dixon, 32, of Reading, is wanted in connection with “a domestic incident.”

Around 7:30 p.m., after about three hours of police efforts, the search for Dixon was suspended but police said he is still wanted.

At that time, police also lifted the lockdowns.

“We have a lot of investigating to do,” said Beverly Police Chief John LeLacheur.

“We received a phone call that a house on Hilltop may have received some gunfire, officers responded up, found that not to be the case but subsequently there is a gentleman we have been looking for in a domestic violence case that is associated with the address. At about the same time, witnesses say they saw that person runoff through the apartment complex and into a wooded area,” he explained. “It was not actually the party we were looking for.”

Police said he has an outstanding warrant for charges of witness intimidation, threats to kill, and violation of a 209A restraining order.

If you have seen Dixon please call Beverly Police at 978-922-1212.


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