Hostage Situation Resolved
Jason Scott Taylor, age 30, of Lancaster, was arrested early Saturday morning, November 12, 2016, and has been charged with two counts of Pointing and Presenting a Firearm, two counts of Kidnapping, Domestic Violence First Degree, and Unlawful Neglect of a Child.
Deputies of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to Taylor’s home at on Camp Creek Road at approximately 10:10 Friday night. Taylor shared the home with his 19-month old son and the child’s mother. The mother called a female friend over to the home earlier Friday night because the mother and Taylor were arguing and he threatened the mother. The friend left after the problem appeared to be resolved. Later the mother called the friend back to the home, telling the friend Taylor was armed and was assaulting her and the child. The friend and her adult son went to the home. The friend said a fight occurred outside between Taylor and her son, and Taylor went inside and reappeared with a shotgun and pointed it at the friend and her son. The mother and the child were outside during these events. The mother intended to remain outside until police came but told investigators Taylor threatened her to make her and the child go back into the home. The friend and her son drove a short distance away and called 911.
Deputies arrived, assessed the situation, and called for assistance. A sheriff’s office hostage negotiator, the sheriff’s office SWAT team, and the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) SWAT team responded. The negotiator attempted unsuccessfully for several hours to make contact with Taylor by telephone and through a PA system. Eventually the mother told Taylor she was going to take the child outside to let the police see he was unharmed. Taylor did not respond, and she walked outside with the child. Shortly thereafter, Taylor also walked out of the home and was taken into custody without incident. The mother told investigators Taylor threatened to kill her and struck her and the child while they were in the home. A shotgun was recovered. No shots were fired by Taylor or law enforcement. No one received serious injuries during the incident, which ended shortly after 3:00 a. m.
Taylor was released from the Lancaster County Detention Center Sunday with an electronic monitor on a $100,000.00 surety bond.
“We are fortunate this incident ended peacefully,” said Sheriff Barry Faile. “Through patience and on-the-scene planning we were able to get this mother and her young child out of the home safely and take Taylor into custody without physical harm to anyone. We appreciate the assistance SLED gave us in this operation.”