Felonious assault charge authorized against Fife Lake man

TRAVERSE CITY — Burel McNamara surrendered to authorities after he barricaded himself inside his home with a shotgun for about 11 hours.

An early charge of felonious assault was authorized against McNamara, said Kalkaska County Prosecutor Mike Perreault. Authorities said that McNamara, a Fife Lake man, pointed the gun at his wife, who fled the home.

Perreault said Wednesday morning that he hadn’t yet seen a finalized police report about the incident, which ended peacefully when McNamara surrendered. Perreault did review some initial information Tuesday night.

“I sent warrant over to (Kalkaska County) Sheriff (Pat) Whiteford,” he said. “The were able to go forward with the barricaded gunman.”

McNamara called 911 at about 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

“He’d been in a fight with his wife and he was going to harm himself with a gun,” Whiteford said. “The subject then made verbal threats he was going to shoot at the police if they responded .”

Whiteford said authorities then contacted McNamara’s wife, who confirmed the fight. She told them she fled the home after McNamara pointed the gun at her.

Multiple law enforcement agencies pledged officers to the northern Michigan emergency response team that surrounded McNamara’s Puffer Road home.

Traverse City police Chief Jeff O’Brien said at least three city police officers responded starting at about midnight until the suspect surrendered six hours later.

Grand Traverse County sheriff’s Capt. Chris Clark said his department dedicated nine officers to the scene, including himself.

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