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New Port Richey standoff ends with man in custody

NEW PORT RICHEY — A 28-year-old man surrendered peacefully Wednesday evening after an hours-long standoff with New Port Richey Police.

The ordeal began about noon, when a resident in the triplex at 6117 Wyoming Ave. discovered Raymond Robert Hetman, a fellow tenant, in the attic, drilling a hole into her unit, Lt. James Steffens said.

The resident called police, but Hetman barricaded himself in his apartment. Believing he could be armed, police evacuated the other tenants and called out the SWAT team.

About 5 p.m., the SWAT team shot two tear gas canisters into Hetman's residence, Steffens said. Moments later, Hetman walked out, and police took him into custody without further incident.

He was being interviewed Wednesday evening. Police planned to book Hetman at the Land O'Lakes jail on a charge of attempted burglary, and said additional charges could be filed.

New Port Richey standoff ends with man in custody 10/05/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 6:20pm]
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