Former Va. Sheriff's Deputy Arrested After Standoff

July 22, 2010

The Gloucester County Sheriff's Office says a former deputy has been arrested after an armed standoff.

Clarence Bowser, who twice ran unsuccessfully for sheriff, is accused of pointing a handgun at a deputy serving a contempt of court warrant Tuesday afternoon.

Maj. Darrell Warren of the sheriff's office says the 61-year-old Bowser took a .45-caliber handgun out of his western-style holster and took a "defensive stance" when a deputy tried to arrest him. Several other deputies came to the scene over about an hour and talked Bowser into putting the gun down.

The contempt charge is related to a civil case. Warren says Bowser now also faces charges of obstructing justice and brandishing a firearm.

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