Authorities in Crawfordsville, Indiana, released body cam footage this week showing the tense moments a police officer confronted a man who he thought was robbing a local business at gunpoint. But unbeknown to the officer, the “robber” was an actor filming a scene for a movie.
Sgt. Matt Schroeter responded to a 911 call about a robbery in progress. According to the caller, a man wearing a ski mask and carrying a gun entered a bar, presumably to rob the place. When Schroeter arrived, he saw the subject backing out of the door, still clad in a ski mask and holding what appeared to be a weapon. Schroeter immediately yelled at the man, who was later identified as actor Jim Duff, to drop his weapon. Duff complied, put down his weapon, pulled off his mask, and yelled back at the officer that they were filming a movie.
According to the police department, neither the production company nor the bar owners alerted authorities to the fact that they were making a movie that included such scenes. The incident was further complicated because the crew was filming from inside the bar, making it impossible for those outside of the business to see the equipment, which would have been a dead giveaway the “robbery” was the making of a movie.
No charges were filed, but Philip Demoret, who owns Montgomery County Movies, said next time they’ll work with local authorities to ensure this sort of thing doesn’t happen again.
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