Two Men in Custody Following Manchester Manhunt

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    Manchester Police Department
    Police are looking for Michael McCarthy (left) and Joseph Bombardier (right). Authorities say one man might be armed.

    Police confirm that they have found the two men wanted in connection with the Manchester manhunt that placed three schools on lockdown this afternoon.

    The men in custody are Michael McCarthy, 34, of 132 Faulknor Drive in Manchester, and Joseph Bombardier, 30.

    Police believed that McCarthy might have been armed, but say they did not find a gun on him. The men were located on a trail near the Manchester-East Hartford town line.

    McCarthy was wanted for violation of probation and Bombardier was wanted for a welfare check, according to police.

    The manhunt unfolded following reports of a man with a gun on Love Lane. Cheney Tech, East Catholic High School and Verplanck Elementary School were subsequently placed on lockdown, police said.

    Police spent the afternoon canvassing Leber Field, a large wooded area at Love Lane and Olcott Street, and searching the areas of Middle Turnpike West and Center Street.

    Police said that prior to the manhunt, McCarhty and Bombarider were last seen in the woods near Love Lane.

    The Manchester, Vernon and Enfield police departments were involved in the chase, as well as a state police helicopter and regional SWAT team.

    Verplanck Elementary executed a police-controlled dismissal this afternoon, according to the Manchester school board.

    Cheney Tech and East Catholic had already been dismissed when police called for the lockdown, but after-school students and faculty were locked down as a precaution, school officials said.

    No one was injured during the manhunt.