Man shoots up house in Roberts, fears intruders dressed as clownsA 40-year-old man was taken into custody after he devastated the inside of a house in Roberts with shotgun blasts in an attempt to thwart perceived clown intruders.
A 40-year-old man was taken into custody after he devastated the inside of a house in Roberts with shotgun blasts in an attempt to thwart perceived clown intruders.
St. Croix County Sheriff Dennis Hillstead said the man was apparently suffering from some kind of hallucination when the incident took place at 3:56 a.m. Friday (July 9) at the home of the man's parents where he resided.
“Deputies got a report that a number of rounds had been fired within the home,” Hillstead said. “More shots were fired when the deputies arrived and he apparently fired a shot at his parents as they fled in a vehicle.” The shots hit the windshield.
The man came out of the house carrying a shotgun, with a bag of shells over his shoulder and yelling at persons unknown, the sheriff said. The man was taken in to custody without incident and has been placed in emergency detention.
The man told investigators that he felt a number of men dressed in clown suits were attempting to invade the house, Hillstead said. The home was severely damaged during the shoot-up.