By Jessie Williams
A Lafayette man was arrested last week after smoking marijuana oil, hallucinating, and firing a handgun at two imaginary intruders.
According to Detective Kevin Woodard of the Macon County Sheriff’s Department, officers were dispatched to a residence on Siloam Church Rd. on Wednesday, July 15, at approximately 9 p.m.
The caller stated that he saw his neighbor screaming in the road with a handgun, and asked him what happened. He also stated that his neighbor was acting strange and out of character.
The caller was told by his neighbor that two people had broken into his home, he fired shots at them, and that one may have been hit.
Upon the arrival of Detective Woodard and officers Aaron Shipley and Mark Bartley, contact was made with the caller’s neighbor - 46-year-old Steven Hearn.
During the officers’ investigation, it was discovered that Mr. Hearn had been smoking marijuana oil.
Consent was given to search Hearn’s residence, and no evidence of intruders was found.
Mr. Hearn did admit to law enforcement that he was high and may have been hallucinating.
Officers spoke with Hearn’s neighbors as well, who advised officers that they were on their porch at the time of the incident and witnessed Mr. Hearn come outside, run to the side of the trailer and fire two shots. They stated that no one else was around - only Mr. Hearn.
They said they ran inside their home after the gunshots.
The neighbor’s home and a public road were located in the direction of Hearn’s gunfire.
He was arrested and charged with two counts of reckless endangerment, public intoxication, simple possession and possession of a weapon while under the influence.
His bond is set at $13,700, and he is scheduled to appear in general sessions court on September 23, 2020.