Man with several guns arrested in parking lot

Published: Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 6:37 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 6:37 p.m.

A former Marine Corps captain who officials said they found sitting on top of a truck with an array of weapons was arrested on several charges by Gainesville police late Friday night.

Robert Anthony Brooks II, 31, of 3611 SW 34th St., Apt. 48, was charged with aggravated assault, improper exhibition of a firearm and disorderly conduct, according to an arrest report.

The incident occurred about 11 p.m. in the parking lot at Ridgemar Commons, where Brooks lives.

Several people reported that Brooks was sitting on top of a truck with an assault weapon. One caller said that a shot had been fired.

Responding officers stayed concealed to have a tactical advantage, GPD spokesman Ben Tobias said in a news release.

Officers said they saw that Brooks had several other weapons and appeared to be arguing with a woman. Cpl. Rob Kennedy saw Brooks put down the assault weapon as he jumped down between some cars, and police advanced and subdued Brooks, Tobias said.

Brooks had two .45-caliber handguns in his waistband and a shoulder holster with extra magazines, police said. On top of his truck was an AR-15 rifle and a 12-gauge shotgun, police reported.

Police said Brooks may have been targeting a woman with whom he had been in a non-dating relationship.

The original caller saw Brooks on top of his truck with his AR-15 on a bi-pod pointing at the door of the apartment of the woman, Tobias said.

When the woman, her adult daughter and two men returned from a yogurt shop, Brooks jumped down from his truck and advanced toward their car with the shotgun pointed at the car, Tobias said. The woman got out to try to stop Brooks, which is when Brooks accidentally fired the gun.

The woman was trying to get him back into his apartment when officers arrived. Tobias said that is when Brooks jumped down from his truck.

The woman told police she was not afraid that Brooks was going to shoot her.

Tobias said Brooks was cooperative and told police he had emotional problems stemming from his other-than-honorable discharge from the Marines after an arrest for aggravated assault in December.

Brooks could not give a reason why he had the weapons, the report states, adding that he made a number of suicidal statements.

Brooks told police he did not intend to shoot the shotgun and that he never pointed the shotgun at the car.

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