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Pasco deputy ends standoff with Facebook chat

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Published:   |   Updated: March 21, 2013 at 07:41 AM

A Pasco County sheriff's deputy stopped a standoff with an armed man by chatting with him on Facebook.

The man, whose identity wasn't immediately released, barricaded himself in a shed on Wednesday after he got into an argument with his wife, said sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll.

The man had a .357 Magnum handgun and told his wife that he was "going to do something to make the cops kill me," Doll said. The man didn't bring a phone with him into the shed but he did bring a computer.

When deputies arrived at the house on Chesapeake Drive in Odessa, sheriff's Cpl. Art Morrison sent the homeowner a friend request on Facebook. The man accepted and the two used the site's chat function until the homeowner set a mattress on fire and left the shed, Doll said.

The man was taken into custody under the state's Baker Act.

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