Man fires shot at church he thought was a spaceship filled with aliens

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published January 12, 2018

 Snow sits on the domed roof of Zion Church in Troy Jan. 12.

Snow sits on the domed roof of Zion Church in Troy Jan. 12.

Photo by Terry Oparka

Criminal charges are pending for a 40-year-old Troy man who reportedly fired a shot at a window at Zion Church, 3668 Livernois Road, then phoned police and said he believed the church was a spaceship filled with reptile aliens.

Nobody was hurt.

Troy Police Sgt. Meghan Lehman said that Zion Church officials called police to report a damaged window the morning of Jan. 10. Police had received a phone call at 4:58 a.m. that day from a man who said Zion Church was a spaceship for reptile aliens and “he took care of it.”

“We found him quick,” Lehman said.

She said he had a 9 mm handgun in his possession, which matched the bullet found at the church.

Lehman said police determined that one shot was fired into a window at Zion Church. The church has modern architecture with a large, domed roof.

“There was no indication he was going to target another church or this was religiously motivated,” Lehman said. “He believed the church was a spaceship. He has mental health issues.”

At press time, charges were pending.