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Police Shoot, Kill Man Holding Fake Gun

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (UPI) — Police in Huntington Beach, Calif., shot and killed a man who was brandishing what turned out to be a fake gun, officials said.

Huntington Beach Police Lt. Mitchell O’Brien said officers were responding to a report of a man and a woman fighting behind a restaurant around 4:30 p.m. PDT Thursday, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The person who reported the incident told police that the man claimed to have a handgun.

When police arrived at the scene, the couple were walking through a nearby housing tract. Police confronted the man who then pulled out what was later determined to be a “replica semiautomatic pistol,” O’Brien said.

An officer opened fire on the man and killed him. The woman was unharmed in the incident, police said.

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  • JimH

    Chicago police shot a man brandishing a fork.
    If that replica gun looked real enough, I don’t blame police.

    • 45caliber

      JimH:

      I’m sure the Chicago cop explained that he was in danger of his life from being stabbed with that fork. What about the man shot by a cop while he was holding a cell phone?

  • FreedomFighter

    I think the police found the cure for “stupid”

    Laus Deo
    Semper FI

    • jopa

      Freedom; I must agree 100%.

  • 45caliber

    I can’t blame the cop for shooting a man brandishing a replica. He couldn’t have told whether it was real or not. I CAN blame the ones that smash into houses and shoot the owners who many or may not have weapons. If they want to search a house, they can walk up to the front door, ring the doorbell and hand the owner a search warrant. Their argument, many times, is that they are afraid the people they seek might run. They can easily surround a place to stop that. And it isn’t that hard to get evidence from a sewer line. They just prefer to use their SWAT teams so the teams can get more experience.

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