Police standoff sends man to prison

State police called out to a standoff at the Wolf Township home of Robert Lyons last July 28 heard him say, “I’m not going to jail,” as he drank beer at his kitchen table.

On Wednesday morning, Lyons was sentenced to six to 12 years in state prison for three counts of aggravated assault, via putting an officer of the law in fear.

Lyons was convicted of the charges by a Lycoming County jury on March 5. At trial, state troopers testified they initially were called out to Lyons’ Horn Hill Road home for a domestic disturbance.

Lyons called the state police dispatch desk a few minutes after the initial disturbance call and told Trooper Brett Myers if police were sent “there would be problems.”

Police arrived to find Lyons standing with a Remington 12-gauge shotgun on his porch.

A two-hour standoff ensued. Lyons moved between the back porch of his house and his kitchen during that time.

“If he raised a gun, I was going to drop him,” Trooper Brad Eisenhower testified at trial. “Deadly force would have been justified.”

No shots were fired before Lyons ran onto his front lawn and was arrested by police.