Christian J. Devaux called 911 to report a home intruder, who he said had a gun, police say.
A police report says that while on the phone call, Devaux twice fired his gun while shouting, “Hey!” inside his house in Tolland, Connecticut, according to the Journal Inquirer. He said the unknown assailant was wearing a mask and hooded sweatshirt.
But an arrest warrant says that a police investigation found no sign of the alleged intruder after Devaux called on July 26. According to the Journal Inquirer, neighbors told police the only suspicious thing they heard that night was the gunshots that Devaux fired.
A dog didn’t pick up the scent of any would-be intruder, police say, and the location of the gunshots suggested that Devaux’s story of a home invasion wasn’t entirely factual, according to Patch.
The Journal Inquirer reports that the bullets made impact with a wall just three feet above the ground, while he originally told police he fired over the intruder’s head in an attempt to scare him off.
When asked about the inconsistencies, Devaux told police that you just “can’t explain” certain things, according to Patch. And one of those things, he allegedly told law enforcement, was “seeing ghosts.” He admitted to hunting for otherworldly spirits at the Mansfield Training School and Hospital, which used to house people with mental disabilities from 1860 to 1993, the outlet reported.
The 25-year-old man, who describes himself as a paranormal investigator, later said it “had to be” a ghost, police say. He was arrested last week and charged with disorderly conduct, illegal discharge of a firearm, second-degree reckless endangerment, misusing an emergency call and making a false statement to police, according to NBC Connecticut. He is free on a $5,000 bond and has a Sept. 11 court date.
This isn’t the first time Devaux has reported a supernatural sighting to police. As noted by the Journal Inquirer, police said the man called authorities back in 2011 about a home intruder — but he blamed it on a ghost when a search for the assailant turned up empty.