OPELOUSAS — An Opelousas man was arrested Saturday after breaking into a house, injuring an elderly resident who tried to stop him, all while police say he was under the influence of phencyclidine, or PCP.
Police found 44-year-old Perry Tyler locked in a bedroom in a house in the 1300 block of Attakapas Drive just after 2 a.m. Saturday, lying on his back and pointing a shotgun toward the ceiling as a female resident of the home hid from him in a closet, Opelousas police said in a news release.
Tyler had just taken the unloaded shotgun from an 87-year-old man, who confronted Tyler as he entered the home. The elderly man was knocked to the ground, injuring both of his arms.
Police seized the gun and arrested Tyler, who thanked the officers for arresting him, according to Police Chief Perry Gallow.
“Tyler’s behavior was consistent with someone being under the influence of PCP,” Gallow said in the release. “He was wet and told officers that ‘they,’ unsure who ‘they’ was, were after him.”
Tyler, of 828 St. Cyr St., is charged with home invasion, battery of the infirm and resisting an officer.
The elderly man was treated for bruises to his arms and released from the Opelousas General emergency room.
None of the other four residents in the home was injured.