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Essexville Public Safety warns of danger in altering toy guns

According to police, they learned it was a 14-year-old local resident and the gun was an airsoft rifle that he spray-painted to look realistic. (Photo courtesy of Essexville Public Safety Department)

ESSEXVILLE, Mich. --The Essexville Public Safety Department warns of the danger in altering toy guns after an incident that took place on Wednesday, Dec. 20.

Officials say they were called to the 1600 block of Woodside Avenue Wednesday just after 6 p.m. for a person dressed in tactical attire carrying an assault rifle. Police from Hampton Township, Bay County Sheriff's Office, and Bay City Public Safety also responded to assist.

When officers searched the area they found a person holding the weapon and was ordered at gunpoint, by an officer, to “drop the weapon.” Officials say the person complied and was taken into custody.

According to police, they learned it was a 14-year-old local resident and the gun was an airsoft rifle that he spray-painted to look realistic.

Officials said, “This incident could of had a very tragic ending had the young man not dropped the rifle at the request of the officer.”

Officials warn to make sure to instruct children “not to tamper, enhance or disguise these types of toy's because they want them to look realistic.”

Officials say the barrel was orange before he spray-painted it black.

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