Convicted felon allegedly fired stolen gun at people who weren't there

Jeff Bobo • Dec 11, 2015 at 4:00 PM

MOUNT CARMEL — A Mount Carmel man, who was described by police as having “delusional tendencies,” has been arrested for allegedly firing a stolen pistol in his home after claiming he saw people who weren’t there, including a baby in his closet.

Mount Carmel Police Department Officer Cody Buddell was dispatched to 420 Bay Street on a complaint that Dustin Keith Overbay, 31, of that address, had threatened to burn down the house, which belongs to his great aunt.

“He stated that he seen numerous male subjects and a baby in his closet and in his bedroom,” Bussell stated in his report. “He stated that he had fired two shots at them with his pellet rifle.”

Bussell said no one was in the residence with Overbay other than two family members.

During a search of the house, however, Bussell reportedly located a spent 9 millimeter shell casing on a small stand next to Overbay’s bed.

Overbay reportedly stated he didn’t know where the shell casing came from.

Overbay was then transported to the Indian Path Medical Center for an evaluation.

A neighbor later reported to Bussell that a gunshot had been fired at the Overbay residence that evening.

Bussell then returned to the Overbay residence and spoke to a family member who admitted that Overbay, a convicted felon, had possessed a handgun for about four months.

The gun was allegedly being kept in his great aunt’s room, however.

Both family members said the gun, a Maverick 9 millimeter semi-automatic, didn’t belong to either of them.

A computer check revealed the gun to have been stolen out of Kingsport.

The handgun, pellet rifle and shell casing were all seized as evidence.

On Saturday morning Overbay was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of stolen property.

He was arraigned Monday in Hawkins County Sessions Court, and released Monday afternoon on $10,000 bond.

A Feb. 8 preliminary hearing was scheduled.                    

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