Man charged in shooting at DPI employees

Benjamin Atwater

ALPENA — Benjamin C. Atwater, 58, of Alpena, has been charged with multiple felonies after police said he on Sunday fired a handgun at employees working on the roof of Decorative Panels International.

Atwater was charged Wednesday with assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder or strangulation, a felony offense punishable by 10 years imprisonment or $5,000 fine, weapons-firearms-discharge in or at a building, a felony offense punishable by 10 years imprisonment and/or $10,000 fine, assault with a dangerous weapon (felonious assault), a felony offense punishable by four years and/or $2,000 fine, and weapons-felony firearm, punishable by up to two years with and preceding any term of imprisonment imposed for the felony or attempted felony conviction.

He was denied bond and was ordered to have no contact with victims.

No one was hurt in the incident reported at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday when DPI employees performing maintenance on the roof were forced to flee or take cover. Police responded and quickly tracked down Atwater to a home on the 600 block of Ford Avenue, but Atwater did not respond to police’s attempts to contact him until he suddenly came out of the front door at about 9 p.m.

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