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Sheriff's deputies end 10-hour standoff

WILMINGTON -- A standoff that lasted about 10 hours in Wilmington ended peacefully this afternoon. New Hanover County Sheriff's deputies say at about 1:30 Tuesday morning they received a call from a woman claiming Don Wesley Burton held her against her will inside the home 1417 Middle Sound Loop Rd. Deputies say the woman was able to get away to a neighbors house to call 911. Around noon sheriff deputies were able to force their way through Burton's front door. Sheriff Causey says there were no problems and no one was injured taking Burton into custody once they were able to enter his home. Causey said, "Always lucky when no one's hurt. And that's what we strive to do. Unfortunately these things are very volatile, and it's up to the individual. In this case he chose not to give us trouble, except that he refused to answer the door." Causey says they recovered the weapon inside the home believed to be used last night. Burton is charged with second-degree kidnapping, assault by pointing a gun and interfering with emergency communication. Sheriff Causey expects more arrests later today.

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