By Robert Gearty
Published July 26, 2019
Missouri police say a man was drunk when he fired off dozens of rounds into trees in his backyard, alarming neighbors.
Joseph Manley, 56, was charged with three counts of unlawful use of a weapon while intoxicated, Overland police said Thursday.
“Manley is currently in custody at the St. Louis County jail and being held on a $10,000 bond,” police said.
Cops surrounded his home Wednesday evening after they responded to a 911 call of shots fired and upon arrival heard constant gunfire, KMOV-TV reported.
Police said when he emerged, Manley admitted he had been drinking and shooting off guns, according to the station.
Court documents said a total of 115 rounds were fired, KMOV reported.
Police said Manley was in possession of four weapons, including an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, an FNH semi-automatic handgun and a 12-gauge shotgun.
It appears he was very inebriated with a blood-alcohol level of .148, according to the station.
His mugshot showed black eyes and a swollen mouth, but it’s not clear how those injuries were sustained.