Police said an aggravated assault sparked a six-hour standoff Wednesday between officers and a Santa Fe woman who refused to come out of her home.

The standoff began just after 5 p.m. when Patricia Bellia, 56, pointed a gun at a civil process server who dropped off legal documents at Bellia's home in the 600 block of Cortez Street, according to a criminal complaint. 

Bellia told the civil process server she thought he was trying to scam her. She threatened to shoot him if he didn't leave, the complaint states.

Officers tried to get her to come out of her house, but she didn't respond to commands. A SWAT team and crisis negotiator were called. 

A few hours into the standoff, Bellia told police she would come out of her house only if officers had a search warrant, the complaint states.

Police obtained a warrant and arrested her around 11:25 p.m. They found a semiautomatic pistol in her home, according to the complaint.

Bellia was charged with aggravated assault and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer. 

(2) comments

Khal Spencer

Do process servers have official government ID? I could see, lately, where people could think they are being scammed. I finally killed our land line and barely answer the cell because of all the snake oil salesmen, fake Federal investigators, and spear fishermen who call me if I am dumb enough to answer.

Emily Koyama

These idiots that point guns at people, then tie up 15 or 20 police officers for hours and hours need to be sent the bill. This is getting old.

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