PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- A 32-year-old man living on Southeast Master Avenue in Port St. Lucie may have something in common with Elvis Presley, The King of Rock 'N' Roll.
According to popular culture and widely circulated accounts, Presley was known to have shot at least one television. The way some tell the story, the mustachioed baritone Robert Goulet was on at the time.
That compares with the Southeast Master Avenue man, who told Port St. Lucie police May 16 he had some ammunition that's not allowed at a gun range, a recently released police report states.
"He wanted to use the ammo up so he decided to shoot the television set since it didn't work," a report states.
The man said the TV had been in the garage since his son struck it with a baseball bat years ago.
"(He) stated he didn't know it would be a problem to discharge a firearm inside his own residence," the report states.
Firearms typically are not discharged inside urban, suburban or even rural residences. Most homes lack the proper backstop, ventilation, zoning and other attributes necessary for recreational shooting at an indoor gun range.
Police went to the home after a report of gunfire. The 32-year-old man was in the driveway. He said he'd been "'moving stuff around and doing stuff,'" a report states. Investigators found a warm handgun in the master bedroom. A shot up TV of an unspecified size was in the garage.
"(The man) stated he was being safe by shooting the TV which was in front of a concrete wall," a report states.
The man's 26-year-old wife confirmed the TV didn't work, but she didn't understand why her husband would shoot it.
The report didn't state whether the TV was of the LCD, plasma or tube variety or whether a remote control was involved.
Also not stated was whether the 32-year-old man is a fan of Presley and/or Goulet.