Armed standoff ends after SWAT member sings Christmas carol

EAST VINCENT TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say an armed man who held off SWAT members for 10 hours surrendered after one of them sang him a Christmas carol.

Nathaniel Lewis, of Chester County, Pennsylvania, was taken into custody in East Vincent Township early on Dec. 26.

The Reading Eagle reports the 34-year-old Lewis allegedly fired at police officers who had responded when a concerned relative reported him acting erratically Christmas night.

The shots hit a police vehicle, a house and another vehicle. Police returned fire.

Eventually a negotiator got Lewis to agree to surrender after singing “White Christmas” to him.

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Lewis was charged with multiple counts of attempted homicide, aggravated assault and other offenses. He was being held in Chester County Prison without bail.

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Information from: Reading Eagle, http://www.readingeagle.com/

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