Eau Claire (WQOW) – Charges have been filed against an Eau Claire man and his mother after a standoff at a west-side neighborhood Friday August 24.
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Nicholas Burr is charged with 12 counts, and his mother, Ruth, with two, in connection to the incident.
According to the criminal complaint, Nicholas’ girlfriend said he had left the home that morning and was acting paranoid, saying police had tapped his phone and that the feds were after him.
She said after Nicholas got into an argument with his mother outside, he fired his shotgun into the air. Another witness said he tried to fire a second shot, but the gun malfunctioned.
When police made contact with Nicholas at his Alpine Road home, they said he yelled at officers and was not making sense. Eventually, both Nicholas and Ruth came outside.
Both yelled at officers and claimed Nicholas had set off a firecracker. At one point, Ruth brought a 5-year-old girl out and stood between Nicholas and the officers.
Nicholas also threatened to go inside and grab a gun, so he could go "one-on-one" with an officer.
After more than an hour of negotiations, both Burrs were taken into custody.
Ruth is charged with recklessly endangering safety and resisting an officer. She’s in court September 20.
Nicholas faces 10 felonies, including recklessly endangering safety with a dangerous weapon. He’s in court Tuesday September 4.