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Woman charged after Gaston standoff

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Deborah Pope, 50, of Cramerton, was arrested Monday afternoon after a police standoff at her home on Fourth Street, according to police. (Gaston County Jail photo.)

A Gaston County woman is scheduled to be in court today, facing charges of shooting at a family member and then holding police at bay for several hours Monday in Cramerton.

Deborah Pope, 50, was arrested after a Gaston County Police Emergency Response Team and Cramerton police used flash grenades to distract the woman and get into her house. She was arrested without any injuries.

Cramerton police say the series of events began about 11:30 a.m. Monday, when a man said his mother had fired shots inside their house in the 60 block of Fourth Street. The man said he and other family members fled.

Cramerton police said they were not able to talk the woman into putting down her rifle and leaving her home, and they called in the Gaston County police team for support. About 3:30 p.m., police used the grenades and ended the standoff.

Pope was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, unlawful discharge of a firearm, and resisting and obstructing law enforcement officers.

Steve Lyttle: 704-358-6107 Twitter: @slyttle
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