Man found dead in home after exchange of gunfire with police

LAKEWOOD, Ohio - A man accused of firing shots from a house in this Cleveland suburb was found dead in the home Wednesday after exchanging gunfire with police officers.

Bradley Babbit, 18, of Lakewood, was found dead in the house about 45 minutes after he had emerged and fired on officers who fired back, Chief Timothy Malley said. Babbit then went back in the house.

No officer was injured, he said.

The 2 1/2-hour standoff began about 1 p.m. with reports of gunfire in the house. Malley said the cause of the disturbance wasn't immediately known.

Police SWAT team members and an armored police vehicle cordoned off the home, students in a nearby school were locked inside and neighbors were warned to stay in the basement.

Lakewood City Schools would allow the children at Horace Mann Middle School to leave only if their parents picked them up. Some elementary school students had to stay up to an hour after classes were dismissed. The school is two blocks from the standoff.

"We don't have buses here so most of our students walk or are given rides by their parents," said Susan Adams, a district spokeswoman.

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