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Lebanon County

Standoff near Annville ends in death of gunman

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Samuel Snyder Samuel Snyder
ANNVILLE, Pa. (WHTM) -

A nearly 14-hour standoff in Lebanon County came to a close Wednesday morning with the death of a gunman who had held police at bay since the previous night.

Samuel Snyder, 57, died of a single gunshot wound at his home along Route 934 in North Annville Township, according to state police.

According to police, Snyder had been distraught over his son's Feb. 25 suicide and had made statements that he would be justified in harming state troopers.

When troopers went to Snyder's home around 7 p.m. to serve an emergency mental health commitment, police said they had information that he intended to cause them harm, had armed himself in his home, and was known to have numerous weapons.

Responding troopers saw Snyder in his doorway, yelling that he would not leave, and took positions around the home.

At around 8 p.m., police said Snyder began shooting at troopers and armored vehicles. He fired between 40–50 rounds during the next two hours and struck two of the armored vehicles, police said.

At around 6 a.m., after hours of no response from Snyder, members of the Special Emergency Response Team went into the home but quickly left when they came under fire and a trooper was struck in the helmet, police said.

The trooper was taken to a hospital for treatment of a head injury and is expected to recover.

Shortly before 9 a.m., police said Snyder appeared at his front doorway and was fatally wounded.

SERT members approached and saw a hand grenade lying near Snyder. He was wearing body armor and numerous weapons and ammunition were found in the home, police said.

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