Man dies in Cedar Park SWAT standoff

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by JESSICA HOLLOWAY / KVUE News and KVUE.com

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Posted on November 5, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 5 at 6:24 PM

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas -- A man is dead after a SWAT situation in Cedar Park forced four Leander School District schools to go under lockdown.

Sgt. John Foster with the Williamson County Sheriff's Office says the incident took place in a home on Eagle Wing Drive in the Ranch at Cypress Creek community off Sun Chase Boulevard near Harvest Moon Drive Monday morning.

Foster says a man identified as 58-year-old George Stokes of Missouri arrived at his ex-girlfriend's house with a gun around 7 a.m. A neighbor saw him drag the woman inside and called 911.

The Williamson County Sheriff's Office dispatched its SWAT team along with hostage negotiators. The Cedar Park Police Department assisted. Negotiators convinced Stokes to let the woman go shortly before 9 a.m.

As she walked out of the  home, Foster says Stokes opened fire, shooting toward the woman and nearby officers. One bullet grazed a police officer. The woman was unharmed. Her 12-year-old daughter was inside the home at the time. She managed to escape unharmed.

Stokes turned the gun on himself after letting the woman go. Paramedics took Stokes to a Round Rock-area hospital where he later died.

A woman approached KVUE News at the scene Monday afternoon. She told our crew she was another daughter of the woman involved in the incident. She said her mother is still visibly shaken up. The daughter identified the man as George Stokes, though at the time, his name had not yet been released by police.

Officials say Cedar Park Middle School, Cedar Park High School, Naumann Elementary School and Faubion Elementary School were placed on lockdown as a precaution. No students were ever in danger.

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