BARTON, VT. >> Police in Barton have arrested a homeless man accused of firing a gun, drawing a large police response in an area close to a school with students inside.

Thirty-year-old Max Pickle was charged with unlawful trespass and reckless endangerment after he allegedly fired a .45-caliber handgun during an argument on Lincoln Avenue around 11:30 a.m. Monday.

Officials at nearby Barton Academy and Graded School were asked to keep children inside as a precaution. No injuries were reported.

Police say Pickle is homeless and has been staying in an abandoned property without the homeowner's consent.

Pickle also could face charges of unlawful discharge. He's being held at Northern State Correctional Facility and will undergo a mental health screening.

It's unclear if Pickle has an attorney who could comment.



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