CPD STANDOFF ENDS: Father taken into custody on Gruss Ave. home

CPD surround home on Gruss Ave. (Source: WOIO)
CPD surround home on Gruss Ave. (Source: WOIO)
SWAT also responded as the situation escalated. (Source: WOIO)
SWAT also responded as the situation escalated. (Source: WOIO)

Cleveland Police blocked off the area as officers surrounded a home in the 12600 block of Gruss Avenue near Cleveland Rd. and St. Clair Ave.

The incident began around 12 p.m. on Saturday, January 10.

19 Action News Reporter Bill Safos was in position when the SWAT team's armored truck and negotiator arrived as the situation escalated.

From the start CPD has only stated that the man inside the residence refused to come out.

EMS was also dispatched to the scene but there were no reports of any injuries.

The man inside the home called our newsroom several times during the incident, reporting that with him was his 3-year-old son, a 6-year-old and his elderly mother.

According to the man, the situation started out as a custodial dispute between himself and the mother of his 3-year-old son, who he claims to have custody of.  He says that officers arrived at his home and demanded that he send his son outside.  He says he refused to follow the order and maintained that he didn't understand what was going on.

Rashad, as he referred to himself, told us he wanted to be escorted out by community activist Art McKoy because he was in fear of his life but wanted things to end peacefully.

McKoy also called our news desk to say that he wanted to help with things coming to a peaceful conclusion.

Our Bill Safos spoke to Rashad during the incident and reached out to the Cleveland Police radio room to relay information.

He was instructed to speak with the officers on scene but was turned away once he approached the barriers.

In the end Cleveland Police took Rashad into custody on unrelated warrants after his brother convinced him to surrender.

The stand off ended peacefully and no more information has been released.

Cleveland Police have not said what exactly caused the escalation.

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