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Real gun disguised as toy

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Courtesy of Tucsan Police Department
Courtesy of Tucson Police Department


A SWAT situation in Tucson, AZ illustrated the perfect example of the risks law enforcement officers take when split second decisions can mean the difference between life and death.

According to Raycomgroup, the SWAT team responded to a midtown home Thursday afternoon near Glenn and Columbus in the 4300 block of East Hayhurst to conduct a high risk search warrant. Officers and detectives responded to the home after an investigation was conducted following “numerous neighborhood complaints of narcotic sales activity at that location,” said Sgt. Pete Dugan.

After SWAT surrounded the house and ordered everyone out, the prime suspect made a run for it. He jumped a wall into a neighbor’s yard where he was confronted by SWAT team members and immediately surrendered, throwing down his gun. He was taken into custody peacefully, but officers did notice something peculiar about the gun.

Sgt. Dugan said the tip was painted orange to resemble a toy gun saying, “this illustrates the hazards and split second decision making officers can face on a daily basis. It also depicts how criminals will stoop to the lowest levels and emulate children at play when committing crimes in our community.”

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