GLENDORA, Calif. – A student film crew may have tried to make its last shoot a little too realistic. KTLA reports that police in Glendora were dispatched to a coffee shop after a woman called 911 saying she was witnessing an armed robbery in progress.
The crew was filming a robbery scene for a short-film and had removed orange markings off airsoft guns that looked strikingly similar to real weapons. All on-duty officers responded to the disturbance and nearly opened fire. A press release from the department said that when officers entered the shop that one armed ‘suspect’ did not follow an officer’s commands.
A second ‘suspect’ dropped his realistic looking assault rifle upon seeing officers, both of them were wearing hoodies, black gloves and face masks. The release said that the suspects were disarmed and tragedy was averted due to the officers’ professionalism and training.
“They looked extremely real. I picked them up afterwards, and they were heavy like real weapons, but they were simulated,” Glendora Police Captain Kim Stabb told KTLA.
The manager of the coffee shop had given the students permission to film, but they had not notified the city and obtained a permit, which is why the incident resulted in chaos and a near officer-involved shooting.
“I can’t think of anything more dangerous than to have a gun in your hand with the cops coming. It came just so close,” Stabb told KTLA.