Barton man charged in smoke detector standoff

Christopher Roy/The Newport Daily Express

BARTON, Vt. (WCAX) Vermont State Police have identified the Barton man who shot up his Main Street apartment with a shotgun in an attempt to silence the smoke detector.

Authorities say Leroy Mason, 68, was cooking around 5 p.m. Monday when he got annoyed after his smoke alarm kept going off. Investigators say Mason fired a 20-gauge shotgun twice at the alarm, hitting an adjoining wall to an occupied apartment.

After emergency crews arrived, police say he surrendered the shotgun, but then rearmed himself with a handgun, threatening authorities to return his shotgun. After a brief standoff, police say he was tackled and taken into custody.

Police say Mason has complained in the past about frequent false alarms with the smoke detector and was upset that fire crews would not re-locate it.

He was due in court Tuesday to face charges of aggravated assault and reckless endangerment.