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Schenectady teen allegedly points air gun at cops

Monday, July 14, 2014
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A 14-year-old boy pointed an imitation handgun at officers Sunday night, police said.

Police found and arrested him after a brief search, and also recovered the weapon, which was so realistic that officers couldn’t tell it was an air gun until they had it in hand and tried to unload it.

Police officials said that, presented with what appeared to be a very real gun pointed at them, the officers would have been justified in opening fire to defend themselves. As it happened though, the threat evaporated quickly, as the teen almost immediately fled into a nearby house.

The incident happened just before 11 p.m. Sunday in the 700 block of Craig Street. Patrolling officers saw one of the teens with the apparent gun, pointing it toward the street.

The teen turned the gun at the approaching patrol car, then fled into the house. Police spokesman Lt. Mark McCracken said it was unclear if the teen knew the car was a police cruiser.

Officers gave chase, then arrested the teen as he tried to go out an exit. They found the gun outside the house. It was made to look like a real Smith & Wesson pistol, but in reality, it was a CO2-powered air gun. Guns such as these typically shoot BBs or pellets.

“I can’t stress how much this looked like a real gun,” McCracken said. “It was an exact replica.”

Faced with what appeared to be a real gun pointed at them, he said officers would have been justified in using deadly force.

The boy was charged in juvenile court with second-degree menacing and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, misdemeanors. Because he is charged as a juvenile, his name was not released.

The case is to be prosecuted in Schenectady County Family Court.

 
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July 15, 2014
7:20 a.m.
wmarincic says...

And the uproar of police brutality we would have heard had these officers shot and killed this kid.

July 15, 2014
7:56 a.m.
pro-tech says...

Not the smartest of moves.. This kid and his parent are damn lucky that he is not dead.. I hope the parents give this kid a lesson in reality and the gun is now property of the police..

July 15, 2014
8:57 a.m.
memny says...

I doubt the parents have much wisdom to share with the kid or he wouldn't be out on the street of Schenectady at 11pm on a Sunday. Give him another year or two and the gun will be real.

July 15, 2014
10:18 a.m.
poorlaw says...

LOOK AT ALL YOU GUYS SITTING HERE JUDGING SOMEONE THINKING YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT. IT DOESNT PAY TO BE IGNORANT.

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