They had been dreaming of a white flag.
A nine-hour standoff with a gunman barricaded in a Pennsylvania residence ended with just a little Yuletide cheer — a SWAT team member singing “White Christmas,” in accordance to a report.
Relatives known as police Christmas night time when Nathaniel Lewis, 34, a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard, began performing erratically as a result of his spouse requested for a separation, CBS Philly reported.
When cops arrived on the East Vincent Township residence, they discovered that Lewis had a gun — and known as within the native SWAT team to assist diffuse the state of affairs.
But Lewis refused to come out of his residence, took out his rifle and fired some 20 pictures at cops from a second-floor bed room, placing the edges of an armored police automobile, a civilian’s automobile and a close-by residence, the station reported.
Finally, Lewis demanded 9 hours later negotiator sing him “White Christmas.”
It took 4 verses of the Bing Crosby carol for Lewis to come out.
“This is as close to a Christmas miracle as you’re gonna get,” Chester County DA Tom Hogan informed the outlet. “Everybody got to go home to their families that day. The SWAT team got to go to their families. The defendant was taken into custody, but he wasn’t killed.”
Hogan even confirmed up on the scene to hand out Christmas cookies to “cold and tired” SWAT members, in accordance to the report.
Lewis, who was lastly taken into custody by 7 a.m. Wednesday, was charged with a number of counts of tried murder and aggravated assault, amongst different offenses. He stays on the Chester County Prison.