Residents in Claremont return to homes after nine-hour standoff ends in arrest

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Michael Burns

Residents of a Claremont, New Hampshire, neighborhood are returning to their homes Thursday afternoon after a man who barricaded himself inside a house on Hanover Street was arrested.

Claremont police say 55-year-old Michael Burns was taken into custody at around 2:20 p.m., nine hours after he allegedly fired shots in the area of Hanover and Centennial Streets.

Police arrived at the scene just before 5:30 a.m. and closed off several streets to establish a perimeter before beginning to evacuate the areas around Hanover, Barnes and North streets. A SWAT Team was called to the scene as well.

Evacuated residents were sheltered at Claremont Community Center until Burns was arrested.

Burns was wanted on previous warrants, including two counts of simple assault and one count of criminal threatening.

Claremont Police Chief Mark Chase says charges are pending for Thursday’s incident as the investigation proceeds.

While shots could be heard at several points during the day, police gave no indication that anyone was injured during the incident.

New Hampshire State Police and the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office also responded.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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