A man was arrested after he allegedly shot at a house with a rifle. According to a Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office report, he was trying to kill four or five Iraqis he claimed he saw running through the yard.

Arthur R. Miller, 58, was sitting in the carport of a friend’s home at 20424 Tappan Zee Drive in Port Charlotte Tuesday afternoon when he saw what he believed were Iraqis, the report said. He asked his friend to get him a rifle, and the friend brought him a .22-caliber firearm and ammunition. The friend told deputies they had been drinking, the report said.

Miller shot at the house at 1041 Bristol St., leaving eight to 10 holes in a concrete block wall and an air conditioning unit, which was destroyed, the report said. Two people were inside at the time, but were not harmed. Home owner Charles Somers told deputies he saw Miller shooting at the house.

Miller called 9-1-1 and told police he had shot at the house, the report said. When deputies arrived, he told them he was defending his country against the Iraqis.

“Arthur states his intent was to kill the people,” the report said.

Miller was arrested and taken to the Charlotte County Jail, where a breath test determined his blood alcohol level to be slightly more than 0.13. The report also said he was on a number of medications.

Miller was charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling, criminal mischief and using a firearm while under the influence of alcohol. Though he told deputies he gave Miller the weapon, the friend was not arrested.


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