Kalamazoo Shooting Suspect Claims 'Devil Head' in Uber App Made Him Go on Alleged Shooting Rampage: Police

Man Charged in Kalamazoo Shootings Says 'Devil Head' in Uber App Made Him Do It
Police investigate the scene of a shooting outside a Kalamazoo, Michigan, Cracker Barrel
Mark Bugnaski/Kalamazoo Gazette

03/15/2016 AT 09:40 AM EDT

The Uber driver charged with gunning down six people in and around Kalamazoo, Michigan, last month told investigators he was being controlled by an evil force within the Uber app itself, according to reports.

Jason Dalton told authorities after the Feb. 20 shootings that when he opened the ride-sharing app on his phone, "a devil head popped up on his screen, and when he pressed the button on the app, that is when all the problems started," according to an 87-page report released Monday by the Kalamazoo County sheriff, reports MLive.com.

The suspect "described the devil figure as a horned cow head or something like that and then it would give you an assignment and it would literally take over your whole body," the report says.

The gunman said the night of the shootings was different from other nights because the icon on the Uber app, which is normally red, "had changed to black," the report says, according to the Associated Press. The report says he added that he "doesn't want to come across as a crazy person," and that he was sad for the people who were killed, as well as for his family members, who "are going to have to hear all of this."

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The suspect said he was not a killer, even though he knew he had killed people, NBC News reports. The app, he said, according to the report, "has the ability to take you over."

The suspect, who is charged with murder and attempted murder in three shootings in which six people died (and two survived), has been ordered to undergo a mental competency exam. The results of that exam are expected no later than May 2.

Also on Monday, authorities released an incident report and dash-cam video showing the suspect's arrest.

One of the arresting officers said the suspect, who was in his car at the time of the arrest, "proceeded to reach back to his right side" when approached, reports NBC. The officer stopped him and later found a 9-millimeter pistol in his right pocket.

"His demeanor was not normal as he stared blankly ahead and did not respond to any questions," the report says.
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