Oct 21, 2012 3:34 PM by Kathrene Herndon, KSBY News

Man arrested after police say he likely hallucinated, ran to neighbors with loaded rifle

Officers with the San Luis Obispo Police Department have arrested a man who they say was likely hallucinating due to drug use and lack of sleep when he ran to his neighbor's house with a loaded rifle.

It happened Sunday morning around 8 a.m. in the 1-100 block of Chorro Street.

Officers say Collin Fitzgerald, 23, called 911 because he thought someone was in his house who was going to hurt him.

They say he then grabbed a loaded rifle, went to his neighbor's house across the street to let them know what was going on, and the neighbors then also called 911.

Officers say when they arrived, they checked Fitzgerald's home, but did not find anyone except his roommate who was sleeping.

During their investigation, officers say they believe Fitzgerald armed himself with the rifle during the non-existent threat because he was probably hallucinating.

They say they believe Fitzgerald's hallucination was a result of him abusing ecstasy and methamphetamine, and not sleeping for a long period of time.

Fitzgerald was booked into the San Luis Obispo County Jail on charges of being under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of a loaded firearm in public.

His bail was set at $2,000.



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