TOLLAND, Connecticut — He should have called the Ghostbusters on this one.
A Connecticut man who says he is a paranormal investigator has been charged with lying to cops when he fired a gun at what he initially reported was a masked intruder but later admitted was a ghost.
Christian Devaux, 25, called 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, according to the Manchester Journal Inquirer.
Dispatchers say they heard Devaux screaming “Hey!” on the phone and then firing two shots in an attempt to scare off the intruder, Connecticut state police said.
But crime scene investigators eventually discovered no evidence that Devaux’s house had been broken into. A police dog also failed to pick up a scent in the area, and a canvass of the street turned up nothing suspicious.
Also Devaux’s description of firing shots over the alleged intruder’s head, didn’t match ballistic evidence collected at the scene.
When pressed, Devaux told troopers that “there are some things he just can’t explain, like seeing ghosts.”
Devaux then told state police that he has been a paranormal investigator for five or six years and that while he did not want to be considered “insane,” he said it was possible the intruder was a ghost.
When asked to clarify that no one had been in his house that morning and that he may have seen a ghost, Devaux replied, “It had to be,” police said.
In 2011, Devaux filed a similar report about a phantom home invader that turned out to be unfounded.
Devaux was released on $5,000 bond.