A Texas man allegedly shot up his wife’s laptop computer because he thought she was playing music too loudly, prompting a stand-off with police as he barricaded himself inside his home, the Dallas Morning News reports.
Around 2 a.m. Saturday, authorities responded to a home in northwest Fort Worth where 44-year-old Gary Lee Lykins was holed up. Investigators believe the incident started after Lykins, angered by the music his wife was playing on her computer, got a handgun and shot the laptop.
After police arrived, Lykins held officers at bay and had “access to several firearms” inside the residence, authorities said. A SWAT team had been dispatched, but Lykins gave up before they arrived on the scene.
Debris from the shooting caused minor injuries to Lykins’ wife, however it was not clear whether an ambulance was needed to treat the woman, police officer Jimmy Pollozani told the newspaper.
Lykins was subsequently arrested and booked into the Fort Worth Jail around 6:45 a.m. Saturday. He has been charged with deadly conduct, which constitutes a third-degree felony in Texas.
Lykins is not the first to become criminally violent because of loud music, which has prompted neighbors, friends and family members to injure or threaten to injure each other over the years.
In 2011, for instance, a Pennsylvania man tried to kill his neighbor after she complained he was playing music too loudly, according to PennLive.
And in 2013, a Miami Beach man threatened his neighbor with a gun in a dispute about loud music. The man then barricaded himself inside his apartment. A SWAT team entered the unit and arrested him, according to WTVJ-TV.
[Feature Photo: Gary Lee Lykins/Fort Worth Police Department]