Because after all, what could he possibly be but crazy, a sufferer of the global outbreak of mental illness? What’s that? Jihad? It’s a spiritual struggle!
“Alleged Beechboro gunman appears in court after police chase ends in Morley arrest,” by Graeme Powell, ABC.net.au, June 19, 2017 (thanks to Ben):
A man who allegedly fired 18 gunshots at four cars, narrowly missing the occupants, as he drove through the Perth suburb of Beechboro has been arrested and charged by police following a high-speed pursuit.
Abdul Fatha Popal, 34, was taken into custody by heavily armed members of the police Tactical Response Group (TRG) after crashing his vehicle in Morley during last night’s chase….
“Police will allege that during a search of the vehicle they located a loaded handgun on front passenger seat of the car,” a police spokesman said.
Popal, from Thornlie, is accused of shooting at four vehicles on Beechboro Road North between 7:00am and 8:00am on Saturday, near the Potters House Christian Centre….
Magistrate Stephen Sharratt ordered Popal undergo a mental health assessment before the charges were read to him in court via video link….
Police today searched Popal’s home in Thornlie, where he is believed to have been living with his parents.
Neighbours were shocked when told by the ABC of the charges he was facing.
They described the accused as a nice man, and a “good guy”, and his parents as being generous, kind and accommodating.