Updated 11/05/2012 06:03 PM
WilCo deputy grazed by bullet before standoff ends in suicide
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One man is dead after a police standoff in Cedar Park Monday morning.
Williamson County authorities say someone saw a man, later identified as 58-year-old George William Stokes, drag a woman by her hair into a house at 1601 Eagle Wing Drive in the Ranch at Cypress Creek subdivision. That prompted neighbor Mark Jones to call 911.
"She told me to call 911, that he had a gun and it scared me too, because they went back in the house," Jones said.
The woman’s 12-year-old daughter was also in the home. The child managed to escape, but SWAT officers had to negotiate the release of the woman.
"Apparently this was a boyfriend-girlfriend situation, where she did not want to be with him any longer and instead of taking the high road, he chose to make this a hostage situation," John Foster, a spokesperson with the William County Sheriff’s Office said.
For several hours, the man held the woman hostage while SWAT team members and Cedar Park police surrounded the residence. Eventually, authorities say, they talked the man into letting the woman leave the home, but as she walked outside, he fired at officers, who fired back.
The woman was not hurt, but one bullet grazed a Williamson County deputy’s arm. That officer is expected to be okay.
The suspect then shot himself. Williamson County EMS transported him to Round Rock Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
"We're very, very lucky that the only person in this who's dead, and it’s sad, is the person who brought this all on himself," Foster said.
The scene, which had the quiet suburban street blocked off for several hours, unnerved neighbors. In his 17 years living on the block, Derek Tresslar says he's only seen cops a handful of times. He hopes his neighborhood never goes through a situation like this again.
"Me and my friends walk around at night all the time, go play basketball at the park, never once had any problem, nothing dangerous, I have two sisters never worry about them walking around," Tresslar said.
As a precautionary measure, Cedar Park Middle School was on lockdown until mid-morning.