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Three-hour SWAT standoff in Wesley Chapel ends with man's arrest

WESLEY CHAPEL — After an argument late Thursday, Stacey Miller was flustered, authorities said. He paced around the bedroom.

Miller's domestic partner, Chad Battle, didn't pay much attention.

But when he looked up, deputies said, Miller was holding a gun.

He held the gun by the barrel and pointed the handle at Battle, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report. Miller told him to get out. He threatened to shoot, then pointed the gun at Battle, the report said.

Battle went for the gun. The two men, both 23, grappled. Battle bit Miller's hand. Miller bit Battle on the back.

They broke apart. Battle left for his aunt's house and dialed 911.

Deputies responded to 32052 Northridge Drive around 3 a.m. Friday. Miller barricaded himself inside the attic, starting a nearly three-hour standoff with SWAT team members.

No one else was inside the home at the time, and deputies did not specify the details of the domestic incident.

SWAT members pulled Miller out of the attic and arrested him about 5:45 a.m. Friday on a charge of aggravated assault as well as warrants for two unrelated charges. He is being held without bail at the Land O'Lakes jail.

The last two pages of the report were not available Friday, as the Sheriff's Office had not completed its review, agency spokesman Doug Tobin said.

Three-hour SWAT standoff in Wesley Chapel ends with man's arrest 05/18/12 [Last modified: Friday, May 18, 2012 8:25pm]
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