New Mexico police claim the victim was beaten with an electric guitar and a microwave

By Chris Harris
Updated October 27, 2015 12:55 PM
Courtesy of the Grants Police Department

After binge-watching episodes of AMC’s post-apocalyptic zombie drama The Walking Dead, a man who cops said was heavily intoxicated allegedly stabbed and bludgeoned his friend to death because he thought his friend was a zombie, according to police.

Grants, New Mexico, police department spokesman Moses Marquez tells PEOPLE that victim Christopher Paquin, who the suspect claims was also intoxicated, was stabbed and even beaten with an electric guitar and a microwave oven.

“It was the worst crime scene I have seen in my 13 years of law enforcement,” Marquez tells PEOPLE.

Marquez says cops were called to Paquin’s apartment building around 1 p.m. on Oct. 22. When officers arrived, they found two maintenance workers pinning 23-year-old Damon Perry to the ground, Marquez says.

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Perry, a resident of nearby Prewitt, New Mexico, allegedly told police that he and Paquin had been drinking “large amounts of alcohol” while watching The Walking Dead on Netflix.

Perry allegedly told cops that Paquin began “to change into a zombie,” and that Paquin “was attempting to bite him, so he reacted by brutally beating him,” Marquez says.

Paquin was unresponsive when police arrived and EMTs declared him dead soon after arriving.

Marquez says that after Perry killed Paquin, he ran around the apartment complex waving a knife around and chasing other residents.

Perry has been charged with murder and aggravated assault, and is being held in the Cibola County Detention Center on $800,000 bond. Information about his attorney was not available Tuesday.