Man with samurai sword allegedly threatens Cottonwood police officers

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

COTTONWOOD, Ariz. -- Cottonwood police arrested a 48-year-old man who allegedly threatened them with a samurai sword.

Officers were responding to a complaint of loud music coming from an area in the 1700 block of East Aspen Sunday evening when they heard music coming from a small shed that was being used as a residence, according to Sgt. Tod Moore.

Robert Burns reportedly answered the door brandishing a samurai-type sword and questioned the officers if they were really the police.

The officers identified themselves numerous times and asked Burns to put down the weapon, but he raised the sword and challenged the officers to shoot him, according to Moore.

The officers continued to give commands to Burns to put the sword down and Burns finally stuck the sword into the ground next to him. Moore said Burns remained aggressive and refused to obey the officers' commands.

Burns again reached for the sword and the officers used a stun gun to subdue him then took him into custody after a brief struggle.

"The Officers, faced with a deadly threat to themselves, showed great resolve and restraint in this situation," Moore said in a press release. "What could have ended with serious injuries or death to either the Cottonwood Police Officers or to Mr. Burns, instead was able to be successfully resolved with less lethal means."

Burns was booked into the Yavapai County Jail on charges of disorderly conduct with a weapon, making unreasonable noise, prohibited possessor and aggravated assault on an officer.