The gunman involved in a standoff with the Williamson County SWAT Team in Cedar Park this morning has died. SWAT members responded to the hostage situation at a home near the intersection of Harvest Moon and Sun Chase Blvd.
According to authorities, at approximately 7:00 a.m., a neighbor witnessed a man forcing a woman believed to be his girlfriend into a home as she shouted "he has a gun." The authorities were notified, and arrived on the scene shortly thereafter. The man refused to let the woman go, or open the door, and SWAT was then called to the scene.
At around 9:30 a.m., the man released the woman. Her 12-year-old daughter was also inside the home, but managed to get out before the man barricaded himself and her mother inside. As the woman was walking away from the home, and SWAT approached her, the man allegedly began firing a weapon, grazing one SWAT officer in the thigh. Authorities returned fire but did not hit the suspect.
The woman was not injured during the back-and-forth gunfire.
The man returned to the home and once again barricaded himself inside. According to authorities, a single gunshot was heard a few minutes later. SWAT went inside the home and found the suspect, identified as 58-year-old George William Stokes with a gunshot wound to the head. He was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
During the duration of the standoff, nearby Cedar Park Middle School was put on lock down.
The woman's 12-year-old daughter is safe with family members.