Arizona man shot and killed his neighbor because the voices in his head told him to do it
Michael Walter Mitchell, shot neighbor due to voices in his head. (Photo: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)

Michael Walter Mitchell, 27, of Glendale, Arizona says he shot his neighbor because the voices in his head told him to do it. Mitchell even called the police himself to report that he shot the man downstairs.


When officers arrived they discovered Pedro Gomez inside his apartment with several gunshot wounds. He was dead, according to an Arizona Republic report.

Mitchell said that he went to Gomez's apartment because he heard a woman asking for his help. He knocked on the door and shot the man who answered right away. Mitchell also told officers that he found Gomez's girlfriend and children in the apartment but didn't shoot them because "it is not right for someone to point a gun and shoot women and children," police documents show.

Mitchell told officers he had fallen on "tough times" when his girlfriend broke up with him and he was fired.

It is unclear if Mitchell acquired the gun used legally.