Police officers, dogs and a helicopter came up empty after looking for a man who led authorities on a high-speed chase that ended when the man bailed out and ran.

Despite earlier reports, the police said the man was not armed. But Spencer Pryor, spokesman for the North Charleston Police Department, said the man could be a suspect in or may have knowledge of several shootings in North Charleston.

The man in a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro with racing stripes led officers on a pursuit from Trident Hospital on U.S. Highway 78 down NAD Road. Officers lost sight of the car, but a patrolman spotted it again on Ashley Phosphate Road. Officers said the man got out of the car near Cross County Road and fled into the woods just northwest of the airport near the National Guard Armory.

Several police units were set up on Investment Drive near the airport.

They said the thin man was wearing black shorts and a white T-shirt and that he had a short haircut.

The man, whose name had not been confirmed, was said to have a history of violence. The active search was called off about 4:30 p.m.

Anyone with information about the man should call North Charleston Police at 554-5700 or Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.