Twinn Caldwell was worried about his 2-year-old son’s safety but not for the same reason as police.
The Fircrest man was convinced Thursday that people were trying to sexually assault his boy so he began firing guns inside the home they shared in the 6400 block of 19th Street West.
Police do not believe anyone was trying to harm the boy, who Child Protective Services took into custody.
When neighbors called 911 Thursday night, police found Caldwell standing outside his home holding his son with a .45-caliber handgun on the ground in front of him.
Caldwell allegedly admitted to shooting the handgun three or four times inside and outside his home. He also admitted to firing a rifle inside.
“The defendant stated that he shot the guns because people were trying to get his son and wanted to have sex with him,” according to court records. “The defendant stated that he heard people in the attic and in the floor.”
A pipe bomb found inside was rendered safe by a bomb squad before officers could serve a search warrant on the home.
They said they found three handguns, two rifles (one with a sawed off barrel), two ballistic vests, night vision goggles, ammunition, items used to make bombs and methamphetamine.
Pierce County prosecutors charged Caldwell with possession of an incendiary device, four counts of first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of a short-barreled rifle and reckless endangerment.
He pleaded not guilty to the charges Monday and was ordered jailed in lieu of $250,000 bail.
Prosecutors said they will file additional charges later for the drugs.
Caldwell has several felony convictions for unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful delivery of a controlled substance. He last was released from prison in May 2014.