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Metta World Peace

Cops Confront Armed Men

Outside Laker's Condo

2/19/2013 5:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Metta World Peace
was roused out of bed early this morning when police responded to a report of 4 armed men in the basketball star's condo complex ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us LAPD got a call around midnight about 4 guys -- 3 with handguns and one with a shotgun -- lurking around the L.A. Laker's westside home.

We're told officers called out the suspects over a loudspeaker, and 2 men -- Metta's brother and cousin -- heard the commotion and came out to talk to cops.

Only problem is ... we're told they didn't have any ID, so police handcuffed both men until they could make sure they weren't suspects.

Sources say officers had to wake up Metta -- who quickly vouched for his brother and cousin, and both men were released. We're told Mr. World Peace was very "understanding and professional" ... naturally.

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Eventually the "armed suspects" came out and proved to cops they were residents of the complex -- unrelated to Metta -- who were returning home with BB guns used while recording a video.
 
We're told the 4 men got off with a warning -- presumably about carrying weapons in public -- and possibly about unnecessarily alarming Lakers superstars ... who, let's face it, need all the rest they can get this season.

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16 COMMENTS

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1.

NobodySpecial    

"...who were returning home with BB guns used while recording a video."

Let me guess, wanna be rappers ?

589 days ago
2.

Cricket    

He had no reason not to be "understanding & professional", they were there for his own good. As for the idiots with BB guns, wtf?

589 days ago
3.

Bobo Frog    

I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that he's mentally ill.

589 days ago
4.

prince luvr    

I luv him ,,i mean really what a,fkn name lol

589 days ago
5.

alexis    

Sexy sexy sexy

589 days ago
6.

Joseph Diehl    

You're name is NOT Metta World Peace, It's Ron Artese!

589 days ago
7.

Jimmdog    

Dumbest name change ever. He is a tool.

589 days ago
8.

dreamer4u    

Witha "friggin" name like that..he deserves to be shot!

589 days ago
9.

DaveT    

Had it been the idiot cops who shot two innocent Latina women after "mistaking" them for a black Chris Dorner,, the innocent BB-gun carriers would be dead

589 days ago
10.

Farrah    

Cant any one give Peace a chance?, lolololol

589 days ago
11.

Mrugowsky    

That's how bad the Lakers are this season??? And they weren't even real guns-how douchey. Does he have little sleep overs with his brother and cousin a lot??? How cute.

589 days ago
12.

Michael Broderick    

Just another in a long line of sordid stories about this team

588 days ago

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