MI police department uses call involving airsoft gun as a teachable moment

gunfront view of gun

Wednesday afternoon the Redford Township Police Department received a call about two young boys with a gun, and while the gun turned out to only be an airsoft gun, the department took the opportunity to both education and issue a warning about safety through a post on their Facebook page.

The caller told the police dispatcher that the two kids were seen walking down the street, one with a handgun in his shorts. The caller went on to say that at some point the boy pulled the gun out and “cocked it.”

Officers responded to the call and found three boys – ages 15, 12, and 9 – two of whom matched the description given by the caller.

According to the officers, they approached the boys, who were sitting on the front porch of the home. The officers gave clear and concise verbal instructions and the boys complied. They did not find a gun on any of the boys, but one of them told the officers he was carrying an airsoft pistol earlier and had stuck it right inside of the front door of the home.

“This is the type of incident that has the ability to go very badly in a heartbeat,” the department noted in the post. “The officers calmly asked where the gun was and told the juveniles not to touch it. The gun had been placed out of reach and the subjects complied with the officers’ directions.”

The post displayed two photos of the airsoft pistol, which had the orange tip removed, and noted that officers are required to make decisions in a fraction of a second.

“Parents, pay attention to what your children are playing with,” the post said. “Educate them about the dangers involved in an incident like this, and keep them safe.”

[ Redford Township Police Department ]

Read More On:

Latest Reviews

  • A Look at the Sig P238, A Year Later

    The Sig Sauer P238 was the first .380 ACP BUG to grace my gun safe, a welcomed addition to the 9mm polymers, .38 SPL revolvers, and .45 ACP 1911s. After more than a year's worth of use, where do I stand on the P238? Let's find out.

    Read More
  • Tuck & Carry: CCW in a Skirt

    Aimed at those who want the comfort and convenience of a skirt but with the protection of a holstered gun, the Tuck & Carry occupies what I term apparel holsters -- that is clothing/holster duos.

    Read More
  • The Marlin Dark in .45-70 is Stealthy and Modern

    Flash forward the lever gun of Western lore to the 2020s, where Marlin has taken that classic design and given it a modern upgrade. Meet the Marlin Dark.

    Read More
  • Gear Review: Sig Sauer Tango 6T 1-6

    Sig Sauer has long been a big name in the firearms industry, so it came as no surprise several years ago when Sig filled out its repertoire with its own optics line. Today, we’re looking at the Tango 6T, a 1-6 low power variable optic.

    Read More