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Standoff in Newtown ends, no gunfire
Incident begins when suspect tailgates officer
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A 45-minute standoff at the Dollar General in Newtown ended without gunfire Thursday afternoon, but the suspect faces four charges after a bizarre series of events.Barry West, 55, was taken into custody by deputies and has been charged with reckless driving, disorderly conduct, simple possession of marijuana, and resisting arrest.“He put up resistance as he was being taken into custody, but there were no shots fired,” said Sheriff Jackie Matheny. West had a gun in his vehicle at the time.The incident began Thursday around noon when a Sheriff’s Department officer was transporting a person to Warren County Jail. For reasons unknown, West reportedly drove up very closely behind the transporting officer and began honking his horn and flashing his lights.Thinking there might be an urgent problem, the officer pulled over near the airport on the new four-lane to Woodbury.