No laughing matter: Intoxicated man jokes about gun

COTTONWOOD – Saturday evening, Cottonwood Police received a call for a disorderly suspect reportedly standing outside with a gun in the area of Fifteenth Street and Mingus Avenue. A concerned witness, who lived across the street from the residence, said it appeared that a standoff took place, and saw 10 squad cars outside. The witness, who contacted the Verde Independent for information, also said the area was blocked off at each end.

Detective Sergeant Tod Moore of the department said that officers responded to find only a large party, and one person was arrested for underage drinking. Sgt. Moore said one of the intoxicated subjects said there was a gun – as a joke – and this started all the problems.

No weapon was found, said Sgt. Moore, nor was one ever seen by anyone at the party.

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