Man arms himself with rifle against imaginary threat
October 22, 2012
San Luis Obispo police arrested a man Sunday who appeared to be hallucinating while wielding a loaded rifle.
The police department received a call about 8 a.m. saying that an intruder had entered the residence of Collin Fitzgerald, 23. A neighbor called on behalf of Fitzgerald because the 23-year-old armed himself with a loaded rifle to defend against someone he believed to be intruding and ran across the street to report the situation.
When police officers arrived, they found only Fitzgerald’s roommate, who had been asleep at the time, in the house. Officers later determined that Fitzgerald had likely been hallucinating due to heavy use of methamphetamine and ecstasy coupled with not sleeping for a long period of time.
Police booked Fitzgerald in San Luis Obispo County Jail on charges of possession of a loaded firearm in public and being under the influence of a controlled substance.