Just had one last night. YIKES
Direct next door neighbor (Tom) is a bit off. Mostly just belilerant to talk to, but keeps mostly to himself. He does talk occasionally to people, but usually when he has been drinking -which is quite a bit. Not horrible overall since he rarely comes out, but most of us just avoid him or treat him with cool politeness. Our house is up the hill from him, so I can look out both bedroom windows and see his backdoor into his kitchen and his garage and drive.
Yesterday morning (Sunday) we get woke up at 6AM to hear Tom yelling at his neighbor on the other side. Something about garbage cans and not to mess with him. *Cleaned up language and please note garbage day was Friday and there were no garbage cans in anyone drives or on the street. * Annoying, but whatever.
Then early Sunday evening, I took the dog out to the front to do her business. I could hear Tom talking loudly, but could also see that his kitchen door was open. I figured he was arguing with someone over the phone.
Went to bed. Woke up around 10PM to the dog growling and barking. And Tom YELLING to "Get away" or something. As I get up to look out the window, there is a gun shot. I am able to see him walk back into his kitchen with a rifle. (Dog was apparently woken up by a first gunshot that I slept through) I yelled for DH to get on the phone and call the police RIGHT NOW. Tom had a gun and YES Dog-done-it that was what I heard. I moved the dog and I into a more interior room of the house.
DH called it in- mostly because he is calmer under stress than I - and within about 10 minutes we had about 6 of the city's finest approach the house on foot. Told DH that since it was domestic they do not go in with sirens.
While the officers were getting in place, there is a shot in the house. Now they are in our mindset of "Well, that ain't right" within about 15 minutes they had Tom in custody. While looking for bullets (One sage police officer commented "Because something that goes up, must come down somewhere."), they found that Tom had shot the bumper of our car that is parked in the street. NICE.
So grateful for the police and the dispatcher. More grateful that no one was hurt and that for now Tom does not have his gun. DH will let me know if they release Tom today or not.
ETA - just found out that he got charged with Reckless Use Of A Firearm.