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From the Echoes-Sentines [?], Somerset County, NJ, Sept. 17, 1987:
GILLETTE RESIDENT IS ARRESTED AFTER SHOOTING HIS COMPUTER
PASSAIC TWP. -- A Gillette man was arrested at his home last Thursday night after he fired
eight bullets at his home computer, according to police.
The man, Michael A. Case, 35, of 64 Summit Ave., was arrested shortly after 11 p.m., at
his house, when police said they received a report that shots were fired. They arrived at
the home to find a .44 Magnum automatic handgun and a shot-up IBM personal computer with a
Princeton Graphics System monitor.
The monitor screen was blown out by the blasts and its inner workings were visible, Lt.
Donald Van Tassel said on Monday. The computer, which had bullet holes in its hardware,
was hit four times while four more bullet holes were found in various areas next to the
computer, Van Tassel said.
"The only thing he (Case) said was that he was mad at his computer so he shot it," Van
The handgun, which the lieutenant identified as an Israeli Arms Desert Eagle .44, has "a
lot of firepower," he said. "It's a big gun." Case used hollow-point, or dum-dum, bullets,
Case was surprised when police arrested him because he didn't think he was breaking the
law, Van Tassel said. "He couldn't understand why he couldn't shoot his own computer in
his own home," Van Tassel said.
Case was charged with recklessly creating a risk and using a firearm against the property
of another, because the house is reportedly owned by a relative. The walls were also
damaged by the shots, according to police.
He was also charged with unlawful posession of a firearm without a permit, and with
possession of illegal bullets, police said.
In addition, Case was issued to summonses, for discharging a weapon in a restricted area
and for discharging a single-projectile weapon, police said.
Case spent early Friday morning in the Morris County Jail and was released later in the
day on $2,500 bail, according to police.
A Municipal Court appearance is scheduled for today, Sept. 17.