Man with toy ri­fle charged by po­lice

The Western Star - - Best of the West -

A MAN wield­ing a toy gun while walk­ing down a Chin­chilla street re­sulted in a re­sponse from armed po­lice.

Of­fi­cers armed with ri­fles and wear­ing bul­let­proof vests ar­rived at a premises on Bir­kett St about 12.15pm on Tues­day af­ter re­ceiv­ing a Triple Zero call that an armed man was on the loose.

Dalby-Bur­nett Act­ing Inspector Scott Stahlhut said a mem­ber of the pub­lic made the call.

Act­ing Insp Stahlhut said on ar­rival po­lice saw two men in a home, one match­ing the de­scrip­tion of the per­son re­ported.

The of­fi­cers di­rected the men out­side at gun­point where both sub­mit­ted to po­lice in­struc­tions, and a search in­side re­vealed the truth be­hind the weapons.

“A pis­tol-style gel blaster hand­gun and a gel blaster ri­fle was lo­cated,” Insp Stahlhut said. “They’re of a gen­uine ap­pear­ance to le­git­i­mate weapons.”

The in­ci­dent is the lat­est of­fence in­volv­ing gel blasters across the re­gion.

TRIPLE ZERO: Po­lice act at a Bir­kett St prop­erty.

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