CHICO, Calif. - A Chico man was arrested after he shot his dog and fired several gunshots into a neighbor’s home on Sunday evening, police said.
52-year-old Michael Marzolf was arrested for animal cruelty, shooting into an inhabited dwelling, and willful discharge of a firearm in a grossly negligent manner, according to the Chico Police Department.
Dispatch received a call from a resident who said they heard yelling and gunshots around 6:20 p.m. on Sunday in the area of the 1600 block of Filbert Avenue in Chico.
When officers arrived on the scene, Marzolf was being detained by a neighbor. They also found a firearm in the yard and damage from, what appeared to be, gunshots in the same home, police said.
Two separate homes were checked throughout the investigation, where it was discovered that Marzolf shot and killed his dog. Officers also learned that afterward, Marzolf went to his neighbor's home and fired several more shots into the home.
Marzolf was in a delusional state and unable to provide a statement to explain the reason for his actions. Fortunately, the residents of the home that Marzolf fired rounds into were not home at the time, police said.
Due to his delusional and manic behavior, Marzolf was transported to Enloe Medical Center for medical clearance prior to being booked into the Butte County Jail. He is being held on a $600,000 bond.
The investigation into the circumstances causing Marzolf’s actions are still being investigated, police said.