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SWAT team standoff in New Port Richey ends peacefully

NEW PORT RICHEY — Barbara Hall was awakened at 1 a.m. Friday by her husband's screams.

Robert Hall, 72, was shouting for her to call 911 because he was locked in a bedroom at their home at 6276 Spoonbill Drive, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Mrs. Hall, 71, told investigators she got a screwdriver and unlocked the door. When she opened it, her husband fired his 9mm handgun at her several times, a report states.

She ran away, uninjured.

That began a standoff with police as Mr. Hall barricaded himself inside the home and threatened to shoot anyone who came inside, authorities said. The Sheriff's Office called in a SWAT team and blocked off access to the Sea Forest neighborhood, though no neighbors were evacuated.

Just after 5 a.m., Hall was persuaded to come outside and the ordeal ended without injuries.

A deputy who went inside the house also found a stash of 10 marijuana plants, authorities said. Hall was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with intent to commit a felony and cultivation of marijuana.

He is being held without bail at the Pasco jail.

When questioned by authorities, Hall said he fired at his wife in attempts to "wound" her. He also fired shots because "I wanted to get someone's attention," he said, according to the Sheriff's Office report.

Times staff writer Marissa Lang and researcher Caryn Baird contributed to this report. Erin Sullivan can be reached at esullivan@sptimes.com or (727) 869-6229.

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