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Man held in shooting of ex-girlfriend

A Brookhaven man has been charged with aggravated assault afterallegedly shooting his former girlfriend twice during analtercation at her home Monday night, Police Chief Pap Hendersonsaid.

Ryan Christopher Newton, 23, of 327 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.Drive, remained in jail today following the incident at ShuntayButler’s home at Brooks Apartments on Old Wesson Road around 7:15p.m. Monday.

Citing comments from witnesses, Henderson said Newton and somefriends went to Butler’s home and were told to leave. The chiefsaid Butler, 26, had a baseball bat.

“They got into a shoving match,” Henderson said.

Then, Newton allegedly pulled a gun from his back pocket andshot Butler. She was struck twice, one in the left arm and once inthe left side, by a small-caliber weapon.

Butler was taken to King’s Daughters Medical Center and latertransferred to a Jackson hospital, Henderson said. Additionalinformation regarding her injuries was unavailable.

“As of this time, we don’t know her condition,” Hendersonsaid.

Newton was arrested shortly after the incident at his residence.Henderson credited a quick response by officers in leading to thearrest.

A 22-caliber revolver was recovered from Newton, the chiefsaid.

Newton was charged with aggravated assault and possession of afirearm by a convicted felon. He was previously convicted of armedrobbery and kidnapping in a 1999 Copiah County case, authoritiessaid.

Henderson said authorities hope to be able to speak with Butlerto get her side of the story.

“We’ve got to do some follow-up on it today,” Henderson said.”It’s still under investigation.”

Henderson said Newton was scheduled to be in municipal courttoday for a preliminary hearing.