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Vt. man pleads guilty to attempted shootout

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WILLIAMSVILLE, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont man has pleaded guilty to attempting to draw fire from state police after shooting bullets from his handgun.

Welton Townsend, 71, of Williamsville, was sentenced Thursday to a suspended term of four to eight months. The Brattleboro Reformer reports his lawyer said Townsend had no prior criminal record and had been suffering from bouts of depression and suicidal thoughts.

Police responded to Townsend's home in April. When they arrived, they said Townsend left the home and threatened troopers with a "shootout."

Police surrounded the home and tried to convince him to speak to them. They said Townsend began to fire rounds from a handgun into the air. Police did not fire back and he stopped firing shots. Townsend surrendered.

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