Uber shooting suspect 'says he was controlled by phone app'
Jason Dalton is charged with shooting dead six people last month in between working as a cab driver in Kalamazoo
The Uber driver in Michigan charged with murdering six people last month in a shooting spree has told investigators that the ride-sharing app had the ability to "take over" his body.
Police accuse Jason Dalton, 45, of carrying out the attack in between picking up paying customers.
According to documents obtained by a local TV station, Mr Dalton claims the smartphone app told him to kill his victims.
Uber says Mr Dalton passed all its background checks because he had no criminal record.
The latest details emerged in response to Freedom of Information Act request lodged by WZZM-TV. As a result, Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Department released 100 pages of documents from its investigation.
They reveal that Mr Dalton told police that when he would press a button on his phone screen, the horned cow head of a devil would appear and give him an assignment that he said would "literally take over" his body, WZZM reported.
"When I logged on to site, it started making me feel like a puppet," he told police during an interview.
The broadcaster reported that Dalton told his wife during the night of the shooting spree that she would not be able to go to work and their children would not be able to go to school, and that if she turned on the news, she would know why.
One of the investigators wrote in the report: "I asked Dalton what made him get his gun tonight, and he said the Uber app made him."
Mr Dalton is charged with shooting eight people, killing six of them, over a five-hour period on February 20 in between driving customers for the Uber car service in Kalamazoo, which is about 150 miles (240 km) west of Detroit. Police said last month that Mr Dalton admitted to the shootings.
Prosecutors said earlier this month that a judge granted a request by Mr Dalton's legal team for a competency examination.
Jeffrey Getting, Kalamazoo County prosecuting attorney, said weighing a person's competence to stand trial had no bearing on the person's criminal responsibility for a crime and that the move was not to determine whether the defendant was legally insane.
He faces 16 charges, including six of murder that can bring life in prison.