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SWAT team standoff involved man upset over wife's grocery shopping, Pasco deputies say

HUDSON — Authorities released more details about the incident that led to a two-hour SWAT team standoff over the weekend.

According to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report, Terrance Spaeth became upset Friday night when his wife went to the grocery store without his permission and was gone longer than he wanted. She also didn't buy what he wanted — even though she tried to explain to him that she didn't have enough money to buy the items he requested, a report states.

This sent Spaeth, 51, into a rage and he slapped, punched and attempted to strangle his 59-year-old wife, the report said. When two friends attempted to intervene, Spaeth retrieved a shotgun with a red laser sight attached to it, a report states.

Deputies first went to the home at 11512 Smith Blvd. about 11:30 p.m. Friday for a domestic disturbance but found no one. They were called out again early Saturday, and the sheriff's SWAT team was summoned about 3:20 a.m. Spaeth, 52, surrendered peacefully about 5:45 a.m.

He was charged with domestic battery, aggravated assault and failure to appear in court for driving without a license. He remained Tuesday at the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $37,013 bail.

SWAT team standoff involved man upset over wife's grocery shopping, Pasco deputies say 02/28/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 6:46pm]
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