Westpark area schools placed on lockdown due to nearby standoff

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Schools in the Westpark area of Cleveland were placed on lockdown Tuesday afternoon due to a nearby standoff.

Students are being escorted one-by-one to their parents' cars from Westpark Community Elementary with police officers and teachers.

Parents were told to park outside the school to pick up their children.

A standoff at W. 165th Street and Lorain Road began earlier Tuesday afternoon. U.S. Marshals have surrounded a home where they believe Tommie Griffin III, a Cleveland police officer accused of sexual assault, is inside.

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Griffin has been on the run since at least Monday after his ankle monitor broke.