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7/18/2013 6:00:00 AM
Standoff at foreclosed home leads to felony trespassing charge
The Daily Courier

Prescott police arrested Richard E. Gray, 67, of Prescott Wednesday night on felony charges of criminal trespassing and resisting arrest after he illegally entered a bank-owned home in the 800 block of Black Drive and refused to leave, Prescott Police Lt. Ken Morley said.

A local real estate agent representing the bank found the home broken into and called police at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday when Gray refused to leave. Morley said.

Gray was allegedly squatting at a house previously owned by his parents. Police say no payments had been made on the home since the last of Gray's parents died in 2010 and the locks had been changed.

When officers arrived at the home at 1:15 p.m., they found a broken window, and called to the person inside the home, later identified as Gray.

Gray wore a handgun in a holster on his hip, put his hand on his weapon when officers confronted him, refused to comply with their requests, and challenged the officers' authority, Morley said.

The officers then backed away from the home.

"Patrol officers established a perimeter on the house and used a PA to call to Mr. Gray asking him to come out of the house," Morley said. "This lasted for several hours until the Prescott Police Department Special Weapons and Tactics team arrived to take over the incident."

Negotiators spoke with Gray by telephone for almost two hours, Morley said.

Around 8 p.m., Gray left the house and moved toward the SWAT officers, refusing to comply with officers' directions, Morley said.

Officers were not sure if Gray was still armed, so they shot sage (rubber baton) rounds to subdue him.

"After being hit by the rubber rounds several times in the lower body, Mr. Gray fell to the ground," Morley said. "He was eventually subdued and taken into custody."

Gray refused medical treatment at the scene, was taken to the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde, and booked on a local warrant and charges related to this incident.

The final list of charges, including felony criminal trespassing and resisting arrest, is being reviewed by police investigators and the Yavapai County Attorney's Office, Morley said.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, July 20, 2013
Article comment by: S A

The police are only following orders mien Fuhrer!
The banksters are your master.

Posted: Friday, July 19, 2013
Article comment by: ziglviet b schtoonk

"I can't believe that people can actually blame the banks."


I can't believe people actually blame Hitler.

I can't believe people actually blame polio for what it did to them. They should have saw it coming

I won't even mention Yarnell.

Billy Jack what is wrong with you. This is way beyond normalcy bias.

Wake up. Your life WILL depend on it.

Posted: Friday, July 19, 2013
Article comment by: Vi King

Payments had not been made since 2010, and some of you are screaming the banks are bad!

No payments, no house. How hard is that understand? The bank owned the house, not the squatter! You people are unreal...

Next your gonna say Zimmerman should have been found guilty!

Posted: Friday, July 19, 2013
Article comment by: Whiskey Row Fan

He allegedly "put his hand on his weapon"... How convenient.

How does anyone know that is true? Because a cop said it? Cops are just not honest - no more so than the general public. Cops do not hold themselves to a higher standard of ethics. We've seen that far to often right here in Prescott.

That aside, was there a serios attempt to work with this man at the scene in a non-confrontational and non-violent way? Does the local PD even have well-training negotiators that know how do deal with distraught people in crisis? The cost of such personnel cannot be greater than the SWAT team used here.

A big problem is that cops don't want citizens to have guns. Their agencies have transformed over time in heavily-armed paramilitary tactical units who are ready to use an entire team of soldiers, even dedaly force, to deal with anyone who is not completely submissive.

Oh, and none of this is Obama's fault.

Posted: Friday, July 19, 2013
Article comment by: Glad you love the banks but..... !!

To Billy JAck:

Whatever!! Please provide support for the following:

- Interest rate manipulation for a buck? LYBOR
-Date manipulation to secure more fees? Wells Fargo and Bank of America.
-J.P. Morgan loses 2 billion dollars from mistake.
-Banking for Terrorists. HSBC

And that is just the tip of the iceberg.

Billy: Maybe you can give these folks credit for recognizing that white collar crime pays. That is the substance of what they are saying.
You either have been living in a cave or are a troll for the banks and big business.

Posted: Friday, July 19, 2013
Article comment by: good work officers

Appears as though officers could have technically justified shooting this fellow. That he wasn't shot attests to the sensitivity of officers going beyond the call of duty, really. Probably a good thing nobody else was in the immediate area such a variable might have changed the equation in assessment of dangers posed by his non-compliance. Sorry he reached end of his rope. Things will get better.

Posted: Friday, July 19, 2013
Article comment by: @ B J

Are we not entitled to Rule of Law? Where all are equal under the law? The Political Corporate Oligarchy is not subjected to the Law.
The Banks have committed crimes!
The banks and their bankster leaders who own the government and the police are "too big to fail." They are also, "too big to indict for crimes." Why don't you look at the facts.
Police are simply the errand boys sent by the grocer to collect. To Punish and Extort is their role.
The Politicians and Corporate Oligopoly are an organized crime syndicate.

Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2013
Article comment by: Sad :-( Actually

Thank God this happened in Prescott though sad it had to happen at all but better here than in Pee Vee.
Banks are crooks sad really really sad -((
PD did good works!

Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2013
Article comment by: Billy Jack

I can't believe that people can actually blame the banks. Guess what, when you sign a contract for a loan with a bank, nobody has a gun pointing at you. You agree to the terms. When you default on the loan, it's your fault. Should you expect just to get stuff for free. What a depressing entitlement society we've become.

Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2013
Article comment by: Buckey Chuckey

The bankers are the crooks! Arrest them. They are the ones doing the steeling.

Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2013
Article comment by: I Am So Happy

Mr. Gray wasn't killed during this event. Thank You Prescott P.D. for your professional work. Comments like the one from Joe Justice are innappropriate. It is really getting frustrating reading the comments to articles that are from Trolls trying to disrupt and entertain themselves. Mr gray apparently was so frustrated he took a desperate action that could have cost him, or someone else their life. Mr. Justice's feeble attempt at humor is very iinsensitive.

Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2013
Article comment by: Paging Barney Fife.

I love it. It takes 5 SWAT team dudes with stun guns to take out one homeless geezer. I remember the PV cops storming the home of some old guy who mumbled something about shooting someone at work. I remember the Prescott cops busting down the door in the middle of the night of a guy because they wanted to search for his kids drugs (he didn't even live there). The got sued and settled. It's the Keystone Cops around here.

Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2013
Article comment by: Curtis James

I just want to say that I know Richard Gray. He did the drywall texture in my home ten years ago and did excellent work. His son and I were good friends growing up. This is completely out of character for him--he has always been a very kind and humble man. I'm not sure why or how this all happened, but would encourage everyone would please keep Richard and his family in your thoughts and prayers. I'm glad that the Prescott Police handled the situation well and that noone was seriously hurt.

Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2013
Article comment by: ed Pauls

I don't agree with what happened but I understand it! personally the banks have to much power and according to this article the home had been owned by the bank for some time. Well then sell the house but don't let it stand empty. Banks appear to get off on accumulating inventory that sits until some cash buyer comes along. I say a real shame and a scam on the part of the bank. Never known of a bank that works with those down on their luck. I say the banks need a true workover.

Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2013
Article comment by: D D

Good to see the rent a cops fulfilling their bosses requests so expeditiously. How many banksters have been arrested for their crimes? 0.
The banksters are given a pass on the theft of $11 trillion in wealth.
How can you hypocrites hold any standard on any issue?

Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2013
Article comment by: Joe Justice

At least he wasn't in Prescott Valley. If he had done this here the cops would have shot and killed him and then be given Medal of Valor awards by the Chief for their "brave actions". No wait we have no Chief of Police, the last one was allowed to resign because of his involvement in a bar fight. FILE THE CHARGES!!!!!!

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