Police arrested a 23-year-old man who tried to kill another man who was letting him stay at his residence Sunday. The man, who is listed on the police log as transient, tried to shoot his host with an unloaded AR-15 platform pistol, according to police.
The incident began when a man, who had stayed with a Bloomington family but left to allegedly move out of state, showed up at a residence in the 1600 block of North Willis asking for a place to stay, according to police.
The man was wearing a pair of pants and was wrapped in a blanket, and a man who later became his victim, let him into his residence. The host and his partner then went running errands and returned to find the man asleep on a sofa. The man woke up and began acting strange. He began talking, laughing, crying, and making weird moaning noises, according to the police report. He got up and began walking around the residence, then went into a bedroom where the host kept several firearms.
The host asked the guest, who was then laying on the bed, to leave, but the guest picked up an AR platform pistol, loaded with a clip, and began pointing it at the host. The host asked if the guest planned to kill him, and the guest pulled the trigger, but the gun was unloaded.
The two began to struggle for possession of the weapon, but the guest struck the host in the face with the AR. The host then left the house when the guest picked up another gun and began pointing it at him.
Police arrived and detained the guest, who then standing next to the police car, began banging his head on the vehicle, while saying things that didn’t make any sense, according to the police report.
The man was arrested and will be charged with battery with a deadly weapon, a level 5 felony; intimidation, a level 5 felony; criminal recklessness, a level 6 felony; and pointing a firearm at another, an A misdemeanor.