A Lancaster County man who was armed with a hunting rifle is in jail following a six-hour SWAT standoff Thursday, in which police used tear gas, then found him hiding underneath a mobile home, police said.
Michael Wayne Terry II, 30, is charged with resisting arrest and pointing and presenting a firearm.
Terry was taken to a hospital for a medical check, then was jailed, said Doug Barfield, spokesman for the Lancaster County Sheriff’s office. The incident started around 3 p.m. and ended after 9 p.m., police said.
Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said the neighborhood has homes close to each other, but no one was hurt.
“We are happy it ended peacefully, without injury to Mr. Terry, any citizen, or any of our officers,” Faile said.
The incident happened on Ruth Street.
A deputy, who saw that a license plate did not match a Jeep, performed a traffic stop in the driveway of the home, Barfield said. Terry argued with the deputy, then fled, he said.
The deputy chased Terry around several houses, he said. Terry doubled back to the scene and grabbed the hunting rifle from the Jeep while the deputy was dealing with a woman who had approached the scene, Barfield said.
Terry went into the mobile home with the gun, police said.
Attempts to get Terry to come out were unsuccessful, and he made statements to police that he might harm himself or others, Barfield said.
SWAT was called, and negotiations went on for hours, Barfield said.
Police used tear gas, then entered the mobile home, but did not find the suspect, he said. They found the suspect below the underpinning of the mobile home, Barfield said.
The floorboards of the home had been fashioned to include a trap door that the man used to get under the home, Barfield said.
The suspect and officers involved were not hurt, police said.