Lyons schools closed for nearby manhunt, suspect now in custody

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LYONS, N.Y. (WROC) — The Lyons Central School District will be closed on Wednesday, September 18 due to a manhunt. The suspect has since been caught.

Deputies with the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office are searching for Brandon Burgess, 28, of Lyons. They say he robbed a 7-Eleven in Phelps on Tuesday. Officials say Burgess is believed to be armed and dangerous.

Brandon Burgess, of Lyons, is accused of robbing a 7-Eleven in Phelps.

On Tuesday night the Lyons Central School District sent out tweets saying the decision to close on Wednesday was made in the interest of student safety.

Police are asking anyone with information about Burgess or his whereabouts to call the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office at 585-394-4560 or the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office at 315-946-9711.

Lyons Superintendent Don Putnam released this statement Tuesday:

I wanted to share a big “thank you” to our students, staff, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and our Lyons community for all their support and patience today while we worked to ensure the safety of our children.  

Today, we began our dismissal process at 4:15 PM. During this time, students were dismissed by each individual classroom and student walkers by groups. We know that the late and extended dismissal may have created hardships, but I want to assure you that we followed this process to keep all students secured safely at school and transported home without incidents. At this time, all students have been reunited with their parents or guardians.  

Through this entire process, we were assisted by the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, and we will continue to work in partnership with their office to ensure our students’ safety.  

As always, our number one priority remains the well-being and safety of our community and we will continue to work in partnership with their office to ensure our students’ safety.  

Any additional questions can be directed to the Wayne County Sheriff’s app.

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