TOLLAND, CONNECTICUT — A man called police to say that he had fired at an intruder inside his home, but after police found no evidence of a break-in, the man later said that it must have been a ghost.
And it’s not the first time this man has called police to report a non-break-in.
Christian J. Devaux, 25, of 71 Old Post Road, was arrested Friday following a motor vehicle stop in Vernon, where officers found there was a warrant for his arrest. He was later charged with illegal discharge of a firearm, making a false statement to police, second-degree reckless endangerment, misusing an emergency call, and disorderly conduct.
According to an affidavit supporting his arrest, Devaux dialed 911 early on the morning of July 26 to report that a man wearing a hooded sweatshirt and a mask and holding a rifle had broken into his home. While still on the line with dispatchers, Devaux could be heard yelling “Hey!” and firing two shots in an apparent attempt to scare off the intruder, troopers said.
When police arrived, they found nothing to support Devauxs’ claims of an intrusion. He told police that he intentionally fired above the intruder’s head to scare him, but the bullet holes in the wall were found at a height of about 3 feet.
After state police uncovered even more inconsistencies — including shell casings discovered in front of Devaux’s supposed firing location — Devaux told troopers that “there are some things he just can’t explain, like seeing ghosts.”
Devaux has been a paranormal researcher for the last 5 or 6 years, and has apparently had a recent encounter with a paranormal being. I’m not saying that ghosts or paranormal activity are not to be believed, but I am saying that Devaux should probably believe that firing a gun at a ghosts would likely not do too much harm.
But that’s just what the stories tell us. Who really knows.
Back in 2011, Devaux called police with a similar story and when they showed up, were again unable to determine that a break-in had occurred.
He told police that he didn’t want to come off as ‘insane’, and that’s why he made up the intruder story. The discharge of a firearm in self-defense against a ghost can be classified as irresponsible, I assume. We’ll have to see if anything comes of this, but Devaux was released on bond and has a pending court date.
As for me, if I ever find myself faced against some paranormal activity, I’d bet that would want to grab my gun… but then quickly realize that I’d be shooting at whatever is behind the threat. Then, I’d run.