People in Maricopa County, and throughout Arizona, often believe they may keep guns in their homes for their own personal safety. However, even in the privacy of their own home, some situations involving weapons may lead to serious criminal charges. Being convicted of weapons crimes often carries severe penalties, which may have a serious impact on their futures.
A man was charged with a weapons violation and aggravated assault, among other charges, after a recent incident at his Phoenix apartment. According to reports, the man had a party at his home and some friends refused to leave. News reports did not disclose what led up to the incident and the man deciding he wanted the people to leave. He allegedly pointed his weapon at the friends and threatened them. It is unknown to the public at this time what type of weapon the man had or if he was a prohibited possessor.
It is unclear who called law enforcement. However, the 38-year-old man had barricaded himself and his 18-month-old daughter inside his apartment when they arrived on the scene. He eventually surrendered himself after several hours of negotiations with the authorities. The surrender took place without incident and the child was not harmed. It was not reported whether anyone else was in the apartment during the barricade situation or surrender.
Weapons crimes in Arizona often lead to serious charges, which can have a profound impact on a person’s future. As such, those who have been charged with weapons-related offenses may find it of benefit to seek legal counsel. Working with an attorney may help them to understand their rights, as well as to establish a defense against the charges they are facing.
Source: KPHO.com, “Gunman with infant daughter holds police at bay,” Phil Benson, Aug. 9, 2015