Cannibal Corpse's Pat O'Brien

Over 80 Firearms & More Found In The Home Of Cannibal Corpse’s Pat O’Brien Following House Fire/Arrest


According to documents obtained by the Tampa Bay Times, Cannibal Corpse guitarist Pat O’Brien was found to have roughly 50 shotguns—one of which was illegally sawed-off—10 semiautomatic rifles (some of which were AK-47 styled variants,) two Uzi-style rifles and 20 handguns in his Northdale, FL residence when it went up in flames last Monday, December 10th.

Fire marshals also found locked safes and potential explosive devices in the house, along with two flame throwers, one inside the house and the other outside of it. Thousands of rounds of ammunition were found to be located in the house as well, most of which was contained military styled metal ammo cans. Three skulls and other weapons and weapon parts were also found.

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According to a authorities, only the sawed-off shotgun violates the law, though it is unclear if O’Brien had the requisite permits and paperwork for some of the various other firearms in his possession.

The cache was sizable enough that ATF agents were called into search through the wreckage of the house after firefighters were able to extinguish it. According to other documents obtained by the aforementioned publication, O’Brien had been making concerning calls to relatives speaking of “the rapture” and that “aliens have landed” around the time of the incident.

O’Brien was arrested on the night in question after breaking into a neighbors house and refusing to leave their residence. His arrest report shows that he also made similar statements about “the rapture” to the occupants of the residence, allegedly claiming that someone was out to get him.

O’Brien pushed a woman in the residence upon leaving it and was later detained by police via a taser device in a nearby backyard after lunging at a responding deputy with a knife. During this time O’Brien‘s house was found to have caught fire.

He faces a charge of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and burglary of an occupied dwelling with assault as a result of the incident.

He was also originally due to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation prior to his release, but that condition was removed on December 12th with O’Brien posting his $50,000 surety bond and being released on the night of Friday, December 14th.

Since word of his arrest broke, Deana Mazurkiewicz—wife of O’Brien‘s Cannibal Corpse bandmate Paul Mazurkiewiczlaunched a crowdfunding campaign to get him back on his feet, pleading that “people not jump to conclusions until the full details of what occurred come out.”