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Man says neighbor pointed gun at his stomach in barricade incident

Lisa Irish/The Daily Courier<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Prescott police pack up their gear Wednesday morning after a man allegedly brandished a handgun at a neighbor and then barricaded himself in his own trailer at the DownTown Trailer Park at 420 S. Montezuma St.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 --><br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 --><br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->

Lisa Irish/The Daily Courier<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Prescott police pack up their gear Wednesday morning after a man allegedly brandished a handgun at a neighbor and then barricaded himself in his own trailer at the DownTown Trailer Park at 420 S. Montezuma St.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 --><br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 --><br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->

A neighbor told a Prescott police officer that Robert A. Laber Sr. pointed a handgun at his stomach early Wednesday morning at the DownTown Trailer Park at 420 Montezuma St., so he immediately went to his own trailer and told Laber he was calling police, according to the police report.

An officer booked Laber, 60, of Prescott into the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde on Wednesday on felony charges of disorderly conduct and aggravated assault after he surrendered to Prescott police SWAT to end a 3 1/2-hour barricade situation.

The neighbor told the officer that at 4:30 a.m. he saw Laber outside his trailer, shining his flashlight around ,saying he thought he saw someone outside his trailer, according to the police report.

The neighbor told the officer he yelled at Laber to get away from his trailer and they argued back and forth for a few minutes, according to the police report.

Then the neighbor told police that at 5:50 a.m., he was outside speaking with another neighbor when he saw Laber carrying a trash bag in one hand and a dull silver revolver in his other hand.

When Laber walked by, he stopped to show him the revolver by holding it in his right hand with his palm facing up, the neighbor told police.

The neighbor told police Laber did not point the gun at him in a normal shooting position, but that the gun was sideways and the barrel was pointed at his stomach.

The neighbor told police Laber did not say anything to him or make any threats, just pointed the gun at him, according to the police report.

The neighbor told the officer he felt threatened so he went to his trailer and told Laber he was calling police.

At 6 a.m. Wednesday, officers answered a call about a man waving a handgun at his neighbor, said Lt. Tim Fletcher, spokesman for the Prescott Police Department.

The officer maintained a perimeter around Laber's trailer until SWAT and negotiators arrived at 6 a.m.

"The suspect then barricaded himself in his own trailer, officers made phone contact, and he initially refused to come out," said Lt. Tim Fletcher, spokesman for the Prescott Police Department.

Laber initially told officers he refused to come out of his trailer without a warrant, according to the police report.

Prescott police SWAT surrounded the trailer park and neighboring businesses, patrol officers closed Montezuma and Aubrey streets, and Prescott police crisis negotiators made contact with the man in an effort to get him to come out, Fletcher said.

Prescott Mile High Middle School was placed on a modified lockdown as a precaution during the situation, Fletcher said.

"At 9:35 a.m., after speaking with police negotiators, the man came out of his trailer and surrendered to police," Fletcher said, noting that SWAT did not need to enter the man's trailer.

Laber did not make any statements to police about what led to him wave a handgun at his neighbor, Fletcher said. "When he was taken into custody, he invoked his Miranda right to remain silent," Fletcher said.

By 9:55 a.m. Wednesday, the intersection of Montezuma and Aubrey streets was open and police packed up their gear to leave the area.