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Thursday, March 21, 2013

One teen apprehended after pointing rifle in the direction of officers

Posted: March 21, 2013 - 1:35pm

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Around 8:20 Thursday morning, Merriam Police were called to an address in the 6300 block of Robinhood Lane by a witness who reported three subjects wearing camouflage and carrying rifles.

The subjects reportedly jumped out of a van and ran around the back of a home in the area.

Robinhood Lane intersects Shawnee Mission Parkway just west of Interstate 35. The 6300 block is just south of Shawnee Mission Parkway.

Officers responded to the area to check for the subjects. Officers walked around the corner of a home and were confronted by two people carrying rifles and one of the subjects pointed his rifle in the direction of the officers.

Merriam Police Department spokesperson Mike Daniels says, "luckily the officer noticed a small amount of orange paint on the barrel of the rifle and decided to give the subject verbal commands to "drop the gun." The subject immediately complied and was taken into custody."

While investigating further, officers learned that all of the rifles were air soft guns and the three subjects were practicing their tactics for an air soft game they had planned for later in the day. The 15-year-old that pointed  the rifle at the officer thought the officers were the other team for the game.

No charges are being filed in this incident according to Merriam Police.

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