NORTH ST. PAUL, Minn. - A 24-year-old man is charged after authorities say he fired a gun, nearly hitting a nearby resident in the head, while trying to shoot a "zombie."

North St. Paul police officers responded to a call of shots fired into a house around 5 a.m. Oct. 8 on the 1900 block of Memory Lane.

Upon arrival, they met with the male resident of the home, who said he was sleeping when he woke to the sound of a gunshot and heard glass breaking in his bedroom.

The man said the bullet entered his room through the window, striking the wall directly above his head as he slept.

The bullet then ricocheted off the wall and hit a second wall. Police found a bullet fragment under a night stand, next to the man's bed.

Police followed the bullet's path and saw a man walking down the street, a few blocks from the victim's home.

The man, identified as Ryan Mathew Stanislaw, of North St. Paul, was carrying a Bushmaster AR 15 rifle slung over his neck with his right hand on the pistol grip.

He told officers, "I'm out here making sure my neighborhood is safe. I didn't see the cops so I figured I'd do something."

Police noted they could smell alcohol coming from Stanislaw's breath.

He then told police he was shooting at a "zombie" who was walking up the road.

Stanislaw was taken into custody. He has a previous conviction on his record for making terroristic threats in Ramsey County, which means he is ineligible to possess a firearm.