Man Arrested After Pointing Toy Shotgun: SDPD

The man allegedly pointed the gun at another person in the Midway area Sunday morning

By Joseph M.D. Young
|  Sunday, Feb 5, 2012  |  Updated 9:13 PM PDT
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Man Arrested After Pointing Toy Shotgun: SDPD

A San Diego police officer holds a toy shotgun that a man was arrested for displaying on a in a street in the Midway area on Feb.5, 2012.

A 26-year-old man was arrested Sunday after reportedly pointing a toy gun at another person in the Midway area, according to San Diego police.

A witness called SDPD to report a man waking around with a shotgun in a parking lot in the 3000 block of Rosecrans and Hancock St. just before 10:30 a.m., said SDPD Lt. Darryl Hoover.

Arriving officers spotted the man, with the supposed shotgun in hand, near an intersection close to the area , Hoover said. The man was seen making a "racking" motion with the object, according to police.

Officers also found a victim who said the man pointed the gun at them, Hoover added.

Streets surrounding the area were temporarily closed by officers and the man was ordered to the ground before being taken into custody without incident, Hoover said.

Upon a further investigation, police determined the shotgun the man was carrying was a toy.

Police said the suspect, whose identity was withheld, was arrested for openly displaying and exposing an imitation firearm in a public place.

No shots were fired, nor were there any injuries, Hoover said.

The suspect said he found the toy gun in a trash can, though police have yet to confirm that, Hoover said.

Hoover said officers were familiar with the suspect and that the man had been contacted in the past regarding mental health issues.

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