Metta World Peace — Cops Confront Armed Men at Laker’s Condo Complex

Exclusive 0219_ron_artestMetta 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 … our sources 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 LA Laker“s westside home.

We”re told officers called out the suspects over a loudspeaker, and eventually 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 involved.

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.

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.