Police say man shot blaring smoke detector with a shotgun

Police said the man previously complained about the location of the alarm and said it went off too easily.

Posted: May 3, 2018 7:37 AM

Police said a Vermont man shot a smoke detector in his apartment that continued to go off, the Associated Press reported.

Police said shrapnel from the blast traveled through a wall and into an adjoining apartment. Fortunately, nobody was hit. However, police said Leroy Mason pointed a weapon at first responders who showed up after someone called 9-1-1 about the shooting.

Mason pleaded not guilty to charges of felony aggravated assault with a weapon and misdemeanor reckless endangerment and was released.

Police said Mason repeatedly called authorities in the past and requested the alarm be relocated away from his kitchen. He said even the slightest amount of heat would trigger it.  Fire code in Vermont requires the fire department to place alarms in apartments and prohibits residents from moving it.

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