A domestic dispute in the Villages resulted in an arrest after police reportedly discovered a semi-automatic rifle and other firearms in the home of a prohibited possessor.
Officers with the Maricopa Police Department arrested Humberto Martinez-Herrera, 39, April 23 at approximately 11 p.m. after his wife placed an emergency call alleging her husband was intoxicated in their garage and was refusing to turn down the volume of his music.
Martinez-Herrera is reportedly a felon who is not permitted to own firearms, according to an MPD report.
Upon arrival on West Oster Drive, law enforcement interviewed Martinez-Herrera in the garage where he gave police permission to search for the guns. The report alleges MPD found one AR-15 rifle, one scoped rifle, one shotgun and a loaded pistol “within (Martinez-Herrera)’s reach in the garage.”
Police also discovered several rounds of ammunition in plain view, according to the report. Martinez-Herrera originally told police the guns belonged to his brother.
The report states he admitted to never restoring his right to possess firearms.
Martinez-Herrera eventually told police he purchased the AR-15 at a local gun show and recently fired it at a local gun range, according to the report.
The suspect’s wife also provided a digital image to officers that purportedly showed Martinez-Herrera shooting the rifle at the range.
Police forwarded one class 4 felony charge of weapons misconduct against Martinez-Herrera for “possessing a deadly weapon or prohibited weapon if such person is a prohibited possessor.”