Boyne Falls apple pickers allegedly threatened with gunfire
Suspect Shawn Rose Beeler’s photo released
According to Charlevoix County Sheriff W. Don Schneider, at approximately 7 p.m. on Tuesday September 15, the Charlevoix County Sheriff Office arrested 30-year-old Shawn Rose Beeler of Boyne Falls for suspicion of felonious assault.
According to police documents, Stacey Smith, age 25, and Donald Smith, age 37, both of Boyne Falls, in Chandler Township, were picking apples alongside Walton Road near Magee Road when they were allegedly threatened by Beeler who was riding on a four-wheeler.
According to the Smiths, Beeler said she was going to shoot the couple.
They then reported Beeler shot at them with some type of long gun.
The Charlevoix County Prosecutor’s Office issued charges of assault with a deadly weapon and felony firearm.
Beeler’s pretrial was planned for Charlevoix County’s 90th District Court.
No one was injured during the incident.
In a Friday Oct. 9, press release Charlevoix County Prosecutor Allen Telgenhof said Beeler was being charged with two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and two counts of possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony.
“According to the affidavit of probable cause filed in the case, Beeler saw a husband and wife riding ATVs picking apples on her farm,” stated Telgenhof. “Beeler approached the couple and told them to leave her property. The couple moved, apparently in the belief they were no longer on the Beeler property, and continued to pick apples.”
He added, “Beeler saw that they were still on her property, and got back on the ATV, this time with a gun, which she allegedly fired to scare the apple pickers off the property.”
According to Telgenhof, the Smiths called 911 and officers responded to the scene, interviewed the witnesses, confiscated a handgun and arrested Beeler.
Beeler’s probable cause conference was scheduled for Tuesday Oct. 13.
Her preliminary examination is scheduled for Tuesday Oct. 20.