According to this Dakota County Criminal Complaint, an Apple Valley man was charged with reckless discharge of a firearm after he drunkenly fired his gun 4 or 5 times in a densely populated area of the city “during a dream”.
From the complaint:
On February 14, 2013 at approximately 9:36 p.m., Apple Valley Police officers were dispatched to a residence located on Elm Drive in Apple Valley, Dakota County, Minnesota to investigate a possible burglary complaint. Dispatch advised the male, later identified as Richard Joseph Carothers, called reporting his wallet and phone were missing. A few moments later, dispatched advised Carothers reported his pistol was also stolen from his home. While a Dakota County dispatcher was speaking with Carothers, a neighbor (J.H.) called 911 to report her son heard 4-5 loud “pops” and she believed the “pops” were either fireworks or gun fire.
Shortly after hearing the loud “pop or bangs”, J.H. said her neighbor, Carothers, stepped outside and began yelling “call 911”. She explained Carothers appeared intoxicated and very agitated. She stated Carothers told her someone had stolen several items from his residence.
When police positioned themselves outside Carothers’ residence, Carothers, stepped outside. Carothers immediately told officers they did not need to worry because “I already cracked off some rounds, man.” Police located six spent shell casings in the snow right outside the front entrance of Carothers’ residence. When police began asking Carothers questions about whether he had fired the gunshots in the area of the residence, Carothers continued to indicate he was concerned about his wallet and pistol that he said had been stolen.
Police spoke with Carothers again to inquire what he may know about the situation. Carothers stated he had been sleeping and believed some of the events that lead to him calling 911 were actually part of a dream. Carothers explained in his dream he was sleeping on the couch in his home when his dog became upset and woke him up. He said he became upset because his dog was upset. He said he then looked around and determined his wallet had been stolen from his residence. Carothers stated as he was remembering his dream, he remembered he had walked into the bedroom and had taken a 9mm pistol out of his nightstand. An officer asked Carothers if he had fired the pistol in his dream to which Carothers indicated he had fired the pistol. He explained he walked outside, near his front door, and shot his pistol. When an officer asked Carothers what he shot at, Carothers claimed he shot at an unknown person running from his home. When Carothers was asked if he had in fact been shooting at a dog that was running from his residence, Carothers admitted he had shot at a dog. He explained he then walked back inside and hid the pistol in a bedroom under some covers. Police subsequently located the pistol wedged behind some blankets and a television inside the bedroom.
During the course of the investigation, it was discovered Apple Valley Police had dispatched officers to Carothers residence earlier in the day at approximately 2:00 p.m. Police were dispatched to Carothers residence at his request. Carothers reported around 2:00 p.m. that a neighbor’s dog was in his yard and had acted aggressively towards him. He told the investigating officer that the next time the dog came in to his yard; he would use his 9mm pistol on the dog.
So which do you think it is? Do you think it’s a dream? The dog? He really thought there were stolen items? He was just hammered? Do you think the single felony count of recklessly discharging a firearm is enough to charge this man with to keep him from doing something as stupid in the future? Have you ever heard gunshots in your neighborhood? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.