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Spring Hill standoff with SWAT team ends peacefully

Mark Rattenni, 41, barricaded himself inside a home with his parents for seven hours.

Mark Rattenni, 41, barricaded himself inside a home with his parents for seven hours.

SPRING HILL — A seven-hour standoff ended peacefully late Wednesday when a wanted man surrendered to authorities.

About 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Mark Rattenni, 41, emerged from a house at 8108 Tedburn Park and pointed a gun at Hernando County sheriff's deputies when they tried to serve him with two warrants out of Pinellas County for failure to appear, the Sheriff's Office said.

Rattenni backed into his house and barricaded himself inside. His parents were also in the home, which is in the Berkeley Manor subdivision, authorities said.

Rattenni's father left the home, but his mother stayed inside with him for several hours before coming out on her own. A SWAT team arrived and surrounded the house. The sheriff's crisis response team was called in to negotiate.

Rattenni surrendered about 10 p.m.

Deputies arrested him on three charges of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer. He was booked into the Hernando County Detention Center at about 11 p.m. Wednesday, where he remained Thursday in lieu of $60,000 bail.

According to records, Rattenni has a pending case in Pinellas County involving stopping payment with intent to defraud.

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