WEST HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP – An armed Lancaster County man was arrested Sunday night after an hours-long police standoff at his home. Lancaster County Special Emergency Response Team took 49-year-old Shawn Stryker into custody about 9:15 p.m., about 10 hours after police were initially called to the 500 block of Goldfinch Drive in West Hempfield Township. During the standoff, a SERT officer fired a shot when Stryker exited the home with a rifle drawn and aimed at police. Soon after, Stryker fired two shots while inside his home. No one was struck by gunfire. Stryker continued the standoff and refused to surrender. Upon exiting his residence, a second time, Stryker dropped the rifle according to commands, but refused to obey any additional commands, causing SERT to take non-lethal actions while negotiating surrender about 9:15 p.m. Stryker is charged with misdemeanor simple assault and reckless endangerment for pointing a gun at his girlfriend, which prompted police’s initial response to the home late Sunday morning. The investigation is ongoing.

SHAWN STRYKER