BOCA RATON — A Boca Raton man charged with attempted murder after he fired at police from his balcony told investigators he thought someone had poisoned him and that he was being controlled like a character in a video game.
Kyle Raymond, 25, was arrested Sunday afternoon at his apartment in the 6700 block of Congress Avenue. A 911 caller reported a man with a gun was acting “unstable” and screaming in the parking lot.
Police heard gunshots as they arrived. Two bullets hit a police car shielding two police officers, the police report says. One round went through a tire of the car while the other pierced the roof. If one officer was still in the car, “this round would have likely struck him,” the probable cause affidavit says.
Raymond eventually came out and was arrested.
A search of his fifth floor apartment found a handgun on the kitchen counter, two rifles leaning against the bed, a loaded rifle magazine and loose bullets, the probable cause affidavit says.
Raymond told police he owned approximately six guns.
Police say Raymond admitted to firing 13 rounds from a .40-caliber Sig Sauer P229 handgun from his balcony into the sidewalk below. Raymond told police he may have fired another round into the roof of his apartment.
After police arrived, Raymond said he fired approximately two .223 Remington rounds from a Ruger rifle into the police car. He said he aimed for the car but didn’t know whether an officer was in it.
“He thought he was in a video game similar to ‘Grand Theft Auto,’” the probable cause affidavit says.
Raymond had vaped Delta #8 THC he purchased at a smoke shop, the affidavit says.
“He believes someone poisoned him,” an officer wrote in the report. “He believed that he was being controlled in a video game. He believed that his actions were being controlled by someone else.”
Delta #8 THC is chemically similar to, but less potent than, cannabis, according to the National Institute of Health’s Library of Medicine. Effects of the drug can include pain relief, sleepiness and, in some cases, difficulty breathing.
Delta #8 THC is legal is most states, including Florida, although some states are attempting to ban it. Some studies of the substance have turned up harmful heavy metals such as lead, according to a recent study from the U.S. Cannabis Council.
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Raymond’s mother called police on Saturday and reported that her son was acting erratically, the arrest report says. Details on that incident were not available Monday. Raymond’s mother could not reached for comment Monday.
Raymond told police he works as a cashier at Heritage Smoke Shop in Boca Raton. A man who answered the phone there Monday said Raymond used to work at the store, but he had not showed up to work in four days. He declined to comment more.
Raymond was charged with two counts of first-degree attempted murder of law enforcement officers, a felony, and unlawful discharging of a firearm, a misdemeanor. The attempted murder charges could bring a sentence of 30 years to life in prison, if convicted. He’s being held without bond.