UPDATE: One man dead after hostage situation in Manheim Township

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LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) — A standoff incident in Manheim Township ended early Wednesday morning with the death of a man who barricaded himself, with a woman, inside an apartment.

A member of Lancaster County SERT also fired a shot at the man inside the home. Preliminary investigation shows that round grazed the man’s rib area.

Police responded after a 911 call was made from a relative of the victim held hostage. Police later determined the man was abusing the victim and had a knife and a handgun.

When police arrived, they found the door locked and received no immediate response. Minutes later, a woman yelled out of a second-story window asking for help. soon after, a gunshot was heard from the second-story bedroom. Nobody was injured by that shot.

Lancaster County SERT was then called and deployed to the scene. SERT set up a perimeter and took action to communicate with the man.

Around 1 a.m., SERT deployed a flash-bang device inside the apartment and made an entry. As SERT officers kicked open the bedroom door (where the man and woman were located), two shots were fired: one being the self-inflicted gunshot fired by the man, the other fired by a SERT officer.

The man was found deceased inside the bedroom. The woman, found in a closet, was not struck by gunfire. Police were not struck by gunfire.

The investigation is ongoing and a determination on the police use of force (the single shot fired in the bedroom) will be publicly announced at a later date.

“The decisive actions of the multiple responding agencies assured safety to the public and resulted in the safe recovery of the woman,” District Attorney Adams said Wednesday. “The investigation remains active and we will keep the public informed of developments.”

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