Local homeless man arrested after threatening to shoot people in Barton

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BARTON — A 30-year-old homeless man in the Barton/Orleans area is facing unlawful trespass and reckless endangerment charges after discharging a .45 caliber handgun in Barton today.

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At around 11:30 a.m. police received several reports that a man had fired a gun on Lincoln Avenue in Barton and was threatening to shoot people.

Troopers from the Derby and St. Johnsbury Barracks, along with officers from US Customs and Border Protection and Orleans County Sheriff’s Department responded to the area and attempted to locate the man.

As the investigation progressed, investigators say they began looking for Max Pickle, 30, of the Barton/Orleans area.

Pickle has been homeless for a while now, with no permanent residence police say.

It was determined that Pickle had been periodically staying at an abandoned property located at 49 Lincoln Avenue against the wishes of the landowner.

Pickle is believed to have discharged the handgun after a verbal altercation with people on Lincoln Avenue.

All areas schools had been contacted of the potential threat of a person with a firearm during the initial response.

Schools and area businesses were encouraged to follow their protocol for such incidents.

Police say at this time there is no continued threat to anyone in the community.

Pickle was lodged at Northern State Correctional Facility for lack of $2,500.

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