DENVER (REUTERS) - Police in Colorado have cited a 37-year-old man for carrying his computer into an alley then shooting it eight times with a handgun after what authorities said had been a long battle with the uncooperative machine.
Lucas Hinch was cited for discharging a firearm within city limits after officers responded to a "shots fired" call early on Monday evening, the Colorado Springs Police Department said in a statement.
"Investigation revealed a resident was fed up with fighting his computer for the last several months," said the statement, entitled "Man Kills His Computer."
"He took the computer into the back alley and fired eight shots into the computer with a handgun, effectively disabling it," it added.
The Colorado Springs Gazette newspaper cited police as saying Hinch was good-natured about the citation, and that he told officers he had not realised he was breaking the law.
"He got tired of fighting with his computer for the last several months," it quoted Lt. Jeff Strossner said. "He was having technology problems, so he took it out in the back alley and shot it."
Strossner tweeted that Hinch "executed" his computer in an alley, the paper said.
A judge will decide what penalty the citation carries.
On a cheeky note, the Gazette said the computer is not expected to recover.