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Shooting suspect surrenders after SWAT negotiator sings ‘White Christmas,’ authorities say

Nathaniel R. Lewis, 34, faces 11 charges of murder of a police officer, after a 10-hour stand-off on Wednesday in Pennsylvania, reports said.

It was not the Nat King Cole version of “White Christmas” that the defendant asked for, but it worked.

Pennsylvania man who allegedly shot 11 officers during a 10-hour standoff that began christmas night, finally surrendered Wednesday morning after a SWAT officer sang him the holiday song he wanted to hear, authorities said.

The suspect, identified as Nathaniel R. Lewis, 34, of East Vincent Township, was reportedly stressed by the process of separating from his wife during the holidays, the Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan said, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

“That is a Christmas miracle in our book, and all because a negotiator was willing to sing him a Christmas carol,” Hogan said Lancaster’s WGAL-TV. “[It was a] great job all around.”

Around 7:30 pm Tuesday, christmas night, Lewis’ sister-in-law checked on him after family members said they were not able to reach him, the Petitioner reported, but he had barricaded himself in his home, about 42 km south-west of Philadelphia.

Lewis later fired four shots from a rifle, according to a statement. Then Lewis estranged wife called the police for a wellness check in the house, the paper reported.

At 10:30 hours, the Chester County Regional Emergency Response Team arrived, the report said.

Shortly before 1 a.m. Wednesday, members of the Emergency Response Team heard multiple shots fired from a second-floor window, and then a shot from within the house, authorities said.

Shortly after 6 pm, Lewis shot at the police twice, with the officers shoot back, both times, according to the affidavit. No officers injured, the Inquirer reported.

The bullets struck the SWAT team, the armored car, another house and a civilian car, WGAL-TV reported.

Then around 7 pm Wednesday, Lewis asked to hear from a negotiator to sing a christmas carol, authorities said.

“He asked ‘White Christmas’, Nat King Cole’s version,” Hogan said Thursday.

The negotiator, who for more than a decade of SWAT team experience, began to sing for him, Hogan said.

Lewis then came out of the house and surrendered, according to the Inquirer.

He was taken into custody and faces 11 charges of attempted murder on a police officer, the station reported.

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