Swat Team Negotiator Ends Standoff With Gunman By Singing Popular Christmas Carol

This past Tuesday, a nine hour stand-off in a Pennsylvania suburb between a man holding hostages inside of a house and SWAT team negotiators ended with a little Christmas cheer.

34-year-old Nathaniel Lewis began behaving erratically after his wife told him she wanted a separation.

When police arrived on the scene, they found that Lewis had a gun and in turn called in a SWAT team.

When the SWAT team arrived, Lewis refused to surrender his weapon. He instead went up to the second floor and began firing rounds at hostage negotiators with a rifle.

It all ended when nine hours later, Lewis demanded that the negotiator sing him “White Christmas.”

They obliged.

After four verses, Lewis finally surrendered his weapon and exited the house. He was taken into custody and charged with multiple counts of attempted homicide as well as aggravated assault.

The original CBS report can be seen below.

Luckily, no one was injured or killed inside or outside of the house.

“White Christmas” was originally recorded by Bing Crosby and released in 1942. Since then the beloved classic has been covered by artists across musical genres.

It was featured in the Irving Berlin musical film, Holiday Inn which featured crooner Crosby, dancer Fred Astaire and actresses Marjorie Reynolds and Virginia Dale in the lead roles.

But the song proved so popular it spawned a second film, which featured more of the music of Irving Berlin. The 1954 film was titled White Christmas and introduced the world to an updated version of the title song. This film also starred Bing Crosby along with Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen.

Here is the original version of the song as released in 1942…

…and the updated version from 1954.

News footage does not include the SWAT rendition, so Bing Crosby will have to suffice.