RPD: Man shoots gun at local hotel after seeing “aliens”


Richmond Police report that a bizarre shots fired call led to multiple charges for a Waco man. According to RPD, on September 11, early in the morning, they responded to a local hotel on Keeneland Drive in reference to a report of gunfire. 

Officers quickly arrived and discovered shots were being fired from a hotel window. Officers worked to get patrons out of the hotel and secured them in a safe location nearby, according to police.

The Richmond Police Emergency Response Unit was called to the scene and made contact with a male inside the room who was later identified as 55 year old Samuel Riddell of Waco. Police continue they learned that Riddell occupied the room with a female who secured herself in the bathroom until police safely got her out. 

Riddell was eventually taken into custody and later interviewed by detectives, where he told police that he “observed aliens in the parking lot and was shooting at them”. 

Detectives discovered Riddell was a convicted felon and was in possession of two handguns and a semi-automatic rifle. 

Riddell was lodged in the Madison County Detention Center and charged with the following:   (4) counts of wanton endangerment 1st degree- police officer (2) counts of wanton endangerment 1st degree (2) counts of criminal mischief 1st degree (1) count of criminal mischief 2nd degree (1) possession of a handgun by a convicted felon (1) possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Police add that there were no injuries reported after the incident.  The release adds that it was later discovered several bullets had struck vehicles in the parking lot, and one had entered an adjacent occupied room.