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Bond set for suspect involved in Richton standoff

Benny Butler is charged with disturbing the peace and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. (Photo source: Perry County Jail) Benny Butler is charged with disturbing the peace and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. (Photo source: Perry County Jail)
RICHTON, MS (WDAM) -

Bond has been set for the man involved in a standoff with police and sheriff’s deputies at a Richton apartment complex Monday.

Richton Police Chief Jerry Gardner said 66-year-old Benny Butler is charged with disturbing the peace and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Wednesday, a Perry County judge set Butler’s bond at $50,000. But, we’re told Butler was out on bond for a previous charge of possession of a controlled substance at the time of the standoff. The judge revoked the bond for that charge, leaving Butler behind bars at the Perry County Jail.

The standoff had people living near the apartment complex on Ash Avenue on edge Monday evening.

Gardner said officers were called to the area several times earlier in the day in reference to a man armed with a shotgun. A neighbor said she called police several times, because Butler was walking up and down the sidewalk holding a gun.

Gardner said the last time police arrived, Butler barricaded himself inside his apartment.

The standoff lasted for more than two hours and ended when the Lamar County SWAT Team used tear gas to get Butler outside to make an arrest.

Gardner added Butler has been arrested for drug possession several times and is known to law enforcement officers in the area.

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