A Barnstead man was taken into custody by police after he allegedly fired multiple times at a woman's vehicle with her inside.

The woman told Barnstead police she took out a restraining order out on Michael Sleeper, 43, on Friday after he tried to kill her the day before by firing two rounds from a shotgun as he walked toward her vehicle.

She said Sleeper then walked up to her and pointed the shotgun at the open passenger side window as if he was going to shoot her inside the vehicle, according to police, forcing her to look away. Police said the woman reported Sleeper fired a third round over the roof of her vehicle.

After an investigation, police went to the couple's home on Friday and found three shell casings in the front yard and the weapon believed to have been used in the shooting incident.

Several other rifles and handguns were seized as a result of the Domestic Violence Protective Order issued as a result of the restraining order, according to police. Officers charged Sleeper with three felony counts of reckless conduct with a firearm and one felony count of criminal threatening.

Sleeper is being held without bail at the Belknap County Jail pending his arraignment.

Michael Sleeper
Michael Sleeper (Barnstead Police)

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