It was not the Nat King Cole version of "White Christmas" the suspect requested, but it worked.
A Pennsylvania man allegedly shooting at eleven officers during a ten-hour break that eventually ended on Christmas night On Wednesday morning, a SWAT officer surrendered after singing the holiday song he wanted to hear.
The suspect Nathaniel R. Lewis, 34, from East Vincent Township, was reportedly accused by the process of separation from his son's wife during the holidays, said Chester District Attorney Thomas Hogan, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
"This is a Christmas miracle in our book, all because a negotiator was ready to sing him a Christmas carol," Hogan said to Lancaster's WGAL TELEVISION. "[It was a] enormous work all around."
Lewis later fired four shots from a rifle, according to a sworn statement. Then Lewis' strange wife called the police for a wellness check at their home, the newspaper reports.
At 22:30, the Chester District Regional Emergency Services Team arrived, the report said.
Just before 1am Wednesday Emergency Response Team members heard several shots from a second-floor window, then a shot from the house, authorities said.
Shortly after six o'clock in the morning, Lewis shot twice at the police for the affidavit. No officers were injured, the Inquirer reported.
The bullets hit the SWAT team armored car, another house and a civilian vehicle, WGAL-TV reported. [Wednesday] At around 7:00 am on Wednesday, Lewis asked a negotiator to sing a Christmas song, the authorities said.
"He asked for" White Christmas, "the Nat King Cole version," Hogan said Thursday.
The negotiator, who has over a decade of SWAT team experience, began singing, Hogan said.
Lewis then came out According to the Inquirer, he was handed over by the house and handed over.
He was arrested and charged eleven charges of attempted murder with a police officer, the station reported.