Police standby at Round Lake High School during a shelter-in-place order that was issued for schools in District 116 Friday morning due to a police search nearby. | Photo: Joe Shuman/J. Shuman Photography (2023)

A police presence in Round Lake Beach Friday that prompted Round Lake area schools to issue a shelter-in-place was the result of a suspect who fled from officers.

Round Lake Area Schools District 116 officials sent a message to parents at 10:50 a.m. Friday regarding the situation.

All schools in the district with the exception of Kindergarten at Pleviak in Lake Villa were placed on a shelter-in-place.

School officials said it was due to a “community safety event” and all students were safe inside the schools.

Multiple police departments were seen searching a residential area along Cedar Lake Road and Beachview Drive in Round Lake Beach.

Officers were also present at multiple schools during the incident.

Police standby at Round Lake High School during a shelter-in-place order that was issued for schools in District 116 Friday morning due to a police search nearby. | Photo: Joe Shuman/J. Shuman Photography (2023)

The shelter-in-place order was lifted around 11:45 a.m. Friday, school officials said.

Police officials told Lake and McHenry County Scanner that a male suspect fled from officers in Round Lake Park and the incident moved into Round Lake Beach.

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The Round Lake Police Department, Round Lake Park Police Department and Round Lake Beach Police Department responded to the area and set up a perimeter.

It is not believed that officers located the suspect as of Friday morning. It was unclear what the suspect was wanted for.

Police officials said they did not ask District 116 to place schools on the shelter-in-place and the district did so on its own.

The Round Lake Park Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for further information.

Schools in District 116 were also placed on a brief lockdown due to another incident that occurred near Round Lake High School.