Colorado man ticketed for shooting his computer; says it was worth it


A Colorado man finally had enough of his troublesome computer Monday and did what pretty much everyone has fantasized about: He shot and killed it.

Lucas Hinch, 37, was issued a summons by Colorado Springs police after he shot his 2012 Dell XPS 410 eight times in an alley, police said.

“He was fed up with fighting his computer for the last several months,” according to the police log.


Under most circumstances, it is illegal to fire a gun in Colorado Springs, which is about 60 miles south of Denver. There is no law on the books about machine homicide, police said.

Hinch “was very matter-of-fact about it and cooperative,” said Lt. Catherine Buckley, a police spokeswoman. “He had just gotten a new gun and had enough of his computer.”

Hinch told the Los Angeles Times he has no regrets.

“It was glorious,” he said. “Angels sung on high.”

The Dell kept giving Hinch the “blue screen of death,” he said of the machine’s final moments.

“It was extremely frustrating,” he said. “I reached critical mass.”

Hinch then reached for his new 9-mm pistol.

“It was premeditated, oh, definitely,” he said. “I made sure there wasn’t anything behind it and nothing to ricochet.”

Hinch was issued a summons for discharging a firearm within city limits, which Hinch called a small price to pay for justice.

“That computer had a bad day,” he said.

Police said that Hinch faces a possible fine but that any jail time is highly unlikely. They did, however, confiscate his gun. It’s unclear when he will get it back.


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