Deputies: Manatee man fired shotgun into empty home to 'get their attention'

Herald Staff ReportSeptember 5, 2013 

MANATEE -- A man fired a shotgun into an empty home in order to "get the attention" of someone who owed him money, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

Howard Walls, 65, was arrested after witnesses reported seeing him breaking into windows and shooting into a residence in the 6500 block of Third Avenue Northeast sometime around 7 p.m. Thursday.

A sheriff's deputy and sergeant arrived at the home, where they saw Walls standing in front with a double-barreled shotgun in his hands, according to a news release.

"Walls was ordered to drop the shotgun multiple times before he complied and was taken into custody," the sheriff's report states.

Three windows were smashed out, and one round had been fired into the wall separating the kitchen from the living room. The projectiles went through the wall and into the kitchen.

No one resides at the home, authorities said.

Walls reportedly told the deputy he came to the home looking for someone who owed him $30. Walls reportedly said he smashed the windows and fired inside to "get their attention," according to the sheriff's report.

He faces charges of shooting into an unoccupied dwelling, using a firearm while under the influence and felony criminal mischief.

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