Gun Goes Off in Newport Center: Woman Arrested

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NEWPORT — A 43-year-old woman from Newport Center was arrested last night after ramming her vehicle into another, and taking part in an argument that ended with a firearm being discharged after a brief struggle.

Tina Matten, was lodged for lack of $5,000 cash or bond, following the incident, and scheduled to appear in Orleans County Court today at 1 p.m.

Vermont State Police received the call on April 28 at around 7 p.m., advising that Matten had rammed the victim’s vehicle after they were involved in an argument. While officers were on their way to the scene, they were advised that Matten and the victim had continued to argue, and a brief struggle over a firearm had ensued.

A single round from the firearm had been discharged during the struggle. Nobody was injured during the incident.

Both vehicles, driven by Matten and the victim were moved from the scene before the police arrived.

Matten was charged with reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct, and negligent operation.

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