ESTFIELD, NJ – Authorities placed Tamaques Elementary School in Westfield on lockdown for a brief time Thursday afternoon as police apparently held a man in the parking lot.

The lockdown announced by police at 4:24 p.m. was due to an incident in the school parking lot Thursday afternoon, police said in Nixle message. The lockdown was lifted by 4:47 p.m., police said.

“The Tamaques School lockdown has been lifted although police activity in the area will continue,” police said in a second message.

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Phone calls and emails to both police and the school district were not returned as of this writing.

However, a woman told TAPinto Westfield that she saw about eight police officers in the parking lot of the school arresting a man.

“We turned into Tamaques School, and there were quite a few Westfield cop cars and we saw somebody being arrested,” said Kristine Jennette, a resident of Westfield.

Jennette said she saw about eight police officers at the scene and police vehicles blocking entrances to the school grounds as officers placed the man on his stomach at 4:03 p.m.

As of 6 p.m., the school grounds remained cordoned off, another witness said.

Some of the officers were dressed in plain clothes, Jennette said.

“Most of them were from Westfield, but then you could tell there were three unmarked black cars and regularly dressed officers in khaki pants,” she said.

This story will be updated when more information becomes available.

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