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Pasco standoff ends safely with man in custody

NEW PORT RICHEY — Officers have taken a man safely into custody after a standoff this morning that prompted a lockdown of two nearby schools.

Pasco deputies went to the home at 4903 Elmwood Drive about 10 a.m. to arrest Paul Anthony Deitke on a Hillsborough County warrant on drug trafficking charges, according to the New Port Richey Police Department. Deitke, 24, told deputies he had a gun and refused to come outside, police said.

Another man and a woman were also in the house, but they left before the standoff.

Deputies and New Port Richey police secured the area while the standoff ensued for more than an hour. Neighbors were alerted of the situation and told to stay inside. Gulf High School and James M. Marlowe Elementary School were put on lockdown.

Deitke (pictured, right) was taken into custody shortly before 11:30 a.m. His charge and bond information was not immediately available.

Pasco standoff ends safely with man in custody 01/13/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 2:31pm]
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