Florida Meth Users Cause $10K Damage To Home Fending Off Imaginary Attackers
Three Sneads, Florida methamphetamine users, called the police claiming that they were being held hostage, the Dothan Eagle reports. The meth users hallucinated that they were being attacked, so they armed themselves with a 12-gauge shotgun and a .22 rifle. Approximately 40 rounds of 12-gauge and an unknown number of .22 rounds were fired from inside the residence, according to authorities.
The trio blew out windows in the home, and shot bullets into the walls of the totally innocent house. The meth heads completely removed a large rear window from the house on the second floor and even threw the bathroom sink at the imaginary attackers.
Police say that chunks of sheetrock, wood, firearm parts and anything they could tear out of the residence was thrown outside, including the toilet, which was ripped from the floor. In total, more than $10,000 damage was done to the residence.
While newspaper carrier Jennie Stricker was delivering papers on her route during the pre-dawn hours Sunday, she heard a commotion coming from the house.
According to the Eagle, three people were yelling for help and banging wood on an upper-story window sill in order to get her attention. The three people holed up inside told her they had been shot at and held hostage for several hours.
Stricker then called 911 and law enforcement officers and emergency medical teams were dispatched to the scene.
Jackson County Sheriff’s officers arrived on the scene and found the people inside who initially refused to come out, saying they feared their attackers might still be in the bottom floor of the house.
The officers had to convince the two men and a woman that they were with law enforcement.
Officials said they fired several shots from inside the house,, trying to defend themselves against imagined intruders.
The three people were identified as 30-year-old Matthew Tyler McDaniel of Sneads, Florida, Damian Joseph Hines, 21, also of Sneads, Florida, and 18-year-old Madison Star Douglas, of Marianna, Florida.
They were charged with possession of methamphetamines, attempting to manufacture methamphetamine, felony criminal mischief and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Police found a meth lab, some finished meth, and several spent rounds of ammunition inside the home.
Outside the home, officers found a toilet which had been ripped from the floor and thrown to the ground in an attempt to drop it on an attacker that didn’t exist.
The three told the police they had been attacked by several people but they could not provide a description of their attackers.
The woman told police that she had been stabbed and that the knife broke off in her abdomen.
Upon inspection, officers discovered that she only had a superficial scratch on her abdomen. Her wound and other injuries noted on the three people were self-inflicted while attempting to fight off imagined attackers, authorities concluded.
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