Robert Burgess

Robert E. Burgess.

MANSFIELD, La. -- A retired DeSoto District Court judge found himself on the other side of the bars Wednesday night after being accused of confronting three men and threatening to kill them while armed with a gun, according to Mansfield police.   

Robert E. Burgess, 61, of Mansfield, was booked into the DeSoto Parish Detention Center on a charge of aggravated assault. He was released after posting a $1,000 cash bond. 

The incident leading to Burgess' arrest happened in the yard of a home on Highland Drive off state Highway 175 in Mansfield. Three adult males said Burgess approached them with a firearm on his side and threatened to kill them, Mansfield police Assistant Chief Billy Locke said in a news release.

Mansfield police gathered victim and witness statements at the scene prior to arresting Burgess, who does not live in the neighborhood where the incident took place. 

Burgess retired in June 2016 after 25 years on the bench. 

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