Rage Against the Machine: Colorado man empties gun into his computer in alley

Reuters / Neil Hall
What would you do if your computer wouldn’t do as it was told for months? A Colorado man decided to empty his gun into the machine in an alleyway. The price of instant stress relief was a police citation for discharging a firearm within city limits.

Lucas Hinch, 37, shot the useless machine eight times, “effectively disabling it,” Lt. Jeff Strossner told the Colorado Springs Gazette. The accompanying police report was entitled ‘Man Kills His Computer’. Hinch used a Hi-Point 9mm pistol to shoot up the Dell desktop tower at around 7pm.

Hinch had not meant to be a bother to his neighbors – he just “got tired of fighting with his computer for the last several months,” Strossner added. "He was having technology problems, so he took it out in the back alley and shot it."

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Accompanying this statement, Strossner tweeted how Hinch had “executed” his computer in the alleyway of his home on West Colorado Avenue.

"Sometimes when you have things that happen such as this, we like to think we can have a sense of humor, too." Lt. Catherine Buckley, public information officer, told NBS News.

The police appear to be taking a humorous attitude to the situation. They say Hinch was very agreeable and did not wish to cause anyone bother. He was unaware he was breaking the law.

"He did tell us he thought it was OK because we are an ‘open carry’ state," Buckley added.