CLAREMONT — An incident in which a man barricaded himself in his apartment and fired numerous rounds into the air was resolved without injury around 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon.
Michael Burns, 55, was taken into custody after a standoff with police that began early Thursday morning. Burns was wanted on previous warrants, according to Claremont Police Chief Mark Chase: two charges of simple assault and a charge of criminal threatening.
Burns lived in a multi-family apartment building on Hanover Street by the intersection with Centennial Street. During the standoff he continued to fire rounds into the air; no one was injured.
Police are continuing to investigate the incident, including whether there was property damage.
Police shut down an area around Hanover and Centennial Streets this morning and directed people to stay in their houses.
Shots cracked at random, every 10 minutes or so, ruffling tree leaves across the road from the apartment. Using a loudspeaker, police attempted to get the shooter to come to the window, addressing him with the first name of “Mike.” Claremont police, state troopers and a SWAT truck blocked off Hanover Street.
People in the immediate neighborhood were directed to remain indoors, canceling work, daycare and any other activities they had planned for the day.
The incident began early Thursday morning, around 6 a.m. and was resolved around 2 p.m. Claremont police were assisted by New Hampshire State Police who also deployed a drone from Massachusetts State Police.