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Maybe He Had a Nightmare—Before He Became One

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Maybe He Had a Nightmare—Before He Became One

East Sunrise Drive

Feb. 17, 2:59 a.m.

In the middle of the night, a northeast-side man figuratively went to pieces, while his window literally went to pieces when he punched it with his bare fist, waking up his neighbors with the noise of the glass shattering—as well as his own kicking and screaming, a Pima County Sheriff's Department report stated.

Just before 3 a.m. sheriff's deputies responded to the Quail Ridge Apartments, 4500 E. Sunrise Dr., where they were flagged down in the parking lot by the man who'd reported the incident, who lived in the apartment next to the man who'd just freaked out. He told deputies he'd just been awoken by the subject screaming, yelling and kicking walls and windows—breaking one window—and when the reportee had gone over to check on the other man, the subject instigated an argument, yelling, "You better run, bitch!" (prompting him to call 911).

Many other complex residents complained about the subject's very loud freak-out; some had been awoken by his loud screams, others were jolted from slumber by the sounds of breaking glass (which one woman had initially thought was gunshots), and one neighbor was most bothered by the "hysterical" neighbor kicking walls.

Deputies located the subject near the apartment-complex entrance wearing no shoes, "acting wildly" and looking "very scared," and injured and bloody from punching his window. Upon seeing the deputies, he said he was "going into shock" (although he never technically did) and started rolling around on the ground, repeatedly claiming that "his feet were on fire" and had "an electric current going through them"; at one point he mentioned that actually it was "an electric current" that had woken him up that night.

The man struggled hard against being handcuffed, screaming, "Why are you doing this to me?!" and then, "Go ahead and fucking shoot me!" until deputies finally gained control of him.

The subject was ultimately transported to the hospital—rejected by the county jail due to worry that he'd overdosed on a drug (although he possessed no drugs or paraphernalia, and paramedics had OK'ed his vitals). He was cited for disorderly conduct.

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