EXTON, Pa. (CBS) — An Exton, Chester County man is being charged with attempted homicide after a lengthy standoff with police earlier this week. Christopher Smith, 47, is being charged with multiple counts of attempted homicide, terroristic threats, and other offenses after police tried to execute a warrant at his residence, which led to him shooting at officers, the Chester County District Attorney’s Office announced on Wednesday.
Officials say Smith refused to leave his home when West Whiteland Township Police arrived to serve a warrant, despite their attempts to contact him via phone and public address system.READ MORE: Philadelphia City Council Introduces 'Life-Saving Ordinance' Following Fairmount Fire That Killed 12
About 50 police officers were deployed to the residence. The West Chester Regional Emergency Response Team formed a perimeter around the home and negotiated with Smith, hoping he’d leave his home.
But, they were unsuccessful.READ MORE: New Study Finds States With Weaker Gun Laws Have Higher Rates Of Gun Deaths
After six hours after the standoff, WCRERT started to use to deploy tactics to force Smith from his home. But police say they saw Smith point a long gun, believed to be rifle, in the direction of officers.
According to police, Smith fired two rounds at law enforcement, and he was taken into custody shortly after.MORE NEWS: Social Media Photo Of Student With BB Gun Led To Academy Park High School Lockdown, Delaware County DA Says
Smith is currently being held at Chester County Prison after he failed to post bail. His preliminary hearing is set for Jan. 20, 2022.