ELYRIA – A 56-year-old man with a possible mental illness who told police that three-legged dwarves were breaking into his home had a permit to carry a concealed weapon, according to Lorain County Sheriff`s Office records.
The man told police, who took 11 guns along with knives, swords and ammunition from his Bond Street home on Sunday, that he had the permit when he was taken into custody and taken to EMH Regional Medical Center for a mental health evaluation. The Nord Center was also contacted to help the man, according to a police report.
Sheriff`s Capt. Richard Resendez said he couldn`t speak specifically about the man`s case. But in general, he said, unless a person has a documented mental illness in the court system or a criminal record, the law requires that a CCW permit be issued.
“If they have not been adjudicated incompetent by the court system, we have no choice but to issue a license,” he said. “– The law does not give us the ability to act on our instincts.”
Police were called to Bond Street on Sunday after the man went to a neighbor`s home armed with a shotgun and asked the neighbor to call 911.
When police arrived, he refused to put down the gun and said he was defending himself and had a concealed carry permit. He only put down the shotgun after police promised to protect him.
The man told police two black men with guns had broken into his home and that he had chased them down the street firing a handgun at them.
He told police that the black men – whom he described as three-legged dwarves with roller skates on their third leg to help them escape from places – had been breaking into his home for several nights.
Inside the man`s home, police said they found the weapons, containers with moldy food and a foul odor.
Elyria police Lt. Andy Eichenlaub said Wednesday that a copy of the report would be forwarded to the Sheriff`s Office.
Once that happens, Resendez said, the man`s CCW permit would be suspended. But he said it would likely take a court finding him mentally incompetent to permanently revoke it.
Eichenlaub said the man appeared to have a mental issue and will likely not be charged with a crime.
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