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CINCINNATI – A Hamilton County judge set a suspected murderer's bond at $1.5 million Wednesday after a SWAT standoff in Price Hill led to his arrest.
Seton and Elder high schools were put on lockdown after police received a call that an armed man wanted for murder was spotted in the 1000 block of Seton Avenue at about 11:15 a.m.
Hamilton County courts issued a murder warrant for Al Ghazzali Ebn Abdur Rashid last week after he was identified as a suspect in the shooting death of Michael Howe, 37. Howe was found with a gunshot wound to the head in Bond Hill on Oct. 3, according to Cincinnati police Lt. Col. James Whalen.
Rashid surrendered to officers on the scene at about 12:30 p.m. after being held up in a common area at 1047 Cedar Grove Apartments.
Seton and Elder high schools were put on lockdown while the standoff unfolded. Beech Avenue was also closed as police attempted to locate and take the suspect into custody.
The lockdown for the high schools was lifted and Beech Avenue reopened shortly before 1 p.m.
Rashid was arraigned in a Hamilton County courtroom at 9 a.m.
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