At around 8pm, police were called to the Lindhurst area of Athersley North following reports that a man was causing damage to vehicles.
Armed officers were also deployed when it was reported that the man was wielding a machete.
A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: “Upon arrival, there were signs that damage had been caused to a vehicle and a nearby shop.
“Extensive searches were carried out into the evening, which included use of the force’s helicopter.
“The suspect has not yet been located and enquiries are ongoing.”
This is an ongoing incident and we will update as information becomes available.