MCSO arrests man for allegedly threatening court security

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Darren Murphy By Andrew Michalscheck Darren Murphy By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- A Surprise man was arrested Friday after he allegedly threatened security at the downtown court complex.

Darren Murphy, 43, was attempting to enter the central court building through the public entrance when a search by court security revealed that Murphy had an empty .308 casing in his pocket.

Security told Murphy he wasn’t allowed to enter the building with the casing, and that he either had to put it in his car or check it with them.

Murphy allegedly became upset and started arguing with security.

Security told Murphy to leave the building, which is when he reportedly stated, “I have a gun outside and if you have a problem I will go get it.”

Murphy then left the building, while security called Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies.

Deputies found Murphy a short time later sitting on a rock that was on court property. He was subsequently found to be in possession of a loaded, semi-automatic 9mm handgun.

Deputies arrested Murphy and confiscated the firearm.

While speaking with deputies, Murphy reportedly admitted that he had grabbed a gun from his car after threatening security and returned to court property.

“We should never take anything for granted when mass shootings are occurring everywhere. I appreciate the observations and quick judgment of the court security staff and my deputies,” said Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Murphy has been booked into the 4th Avenue Jail on one count of threatening or intimidating, which is a class one misdemeanor.