February 23, 2018
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Lincoln man charged in house shooting


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MACWAHOC — A Lincoln man who fled the scene after he allegedly shot up a Macwahoc home Saturday night was arrested and charged with reckless conduct with a firearm and criminal mischief.

Neighbors reported to police that Brent Burleigh, 49, allegedly fired shots, broke windows and operated his truck recklessly around a Route 2A home in Macwahoc, according to Aroostook County Sheriff James P. Madore. Shots from a firearm were reported to have come from both inside and outside the home, he said Sunday.

One of the callers told police that it sounded like Burleigh, who allegedly was very agitated, was trying to find a female friend at the house.

Aroostook and Penobscot county deputies as well as state troopers converged on the area after the call. The officers entered and cleared the residence, determining that the 45-year-old female resident had left the house and had taken shelter with other neighbors, according to Madore. A lengthy search of area roads, trails and other buildings was conducted before Burleigh was found in a wooded area behind the home. He surrendered to officers without resistance in this community located between Mattawamkeag and Sherman, the sheriff said.

Madore said extensive damage was done to the home, especially the first floor, which he said was destroyed. A vehicle in the yard also was damaged. The rifle believed to have been fired earlier was found broken into two pieces in the debris of the first floor.

Burleigh was taken to the Aroostook County Jail, where he posted his $500 cash bail. His bail conditions prohibit him from possessing firearms, dangerous weapons and alcohol. He also is required to submit to search and testing at the request of any law enforcement officer, and is prohibited from being in the vicinity of the incident and from having contact with the victim.

The case is still under investigation, and more serious charges may be filed after a review of the facts by the Aroostook County District Attorney’s Office, according to Madore.


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