Gunshots lead to arrest

A recent call had Mohave County Sheriff's deputies ducking for cover.

Deputies responded to a report of shots fired Wednesday evening in the 9400 block of Horseback Trail. A man told deputies that he had heard several gunshots coming from the mountain north of his residence and heard the bullets ricochet near his home.

As deputies were speaking with the man, they heard several more gunshots coming from a nearby house.

Deputies responded immediately to the house and took cover as they heard another gunshot. They spotted a man, Howard Douglas Lapeer, 52, of Kingman standing near the house, with a gun in his hand. After several attempts, deputies were finally able to convince Lapeer to put the gun down on the hood of a nearby vehicle and they took him into custody. Deputies confiscated the Smith and Wesson .38 caliber gun and observed 10 spent shells on the ground.

A records check showed Lapeer to be a prohibited possessor of a weapon and to have two contempt-of-court misdemeanor warrants; both issued by Kingman Justice Court.

He was arrested on suspicion of felony possession of a weapon by a prohibited person, disorderly conduct involving a weapon and outstanding warrants.

He was booked into the Mohave County Jail without incident.

According to the MCSO, alcohol may have played a role in the shooting.