Teen who aimed Airsoft rifle at suburban cop lucky to be alive, police say

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An Airsoft replica rifle seized by Plainfield Police in what they say could have been a fatal misunderstanding | (Facebook)

A teenager who pointed an Airsoft replica gun at a suburban cop is lucky to be alive, Plainfield Police say.

The police department for the Will County suburb posted photos of the Airsoft pellet guns on its Facebook and warned, “This is a scenario that could have been unbelievably tragic and would have stayed with all the people involved and many more for the rest of their lives.”

Cops responding to a report on Friday of a group of gunmen carrying rifles near a residential area found three teens, according to the police department:

When they arrived, officers made contact with two (2) of the offenders relatively quickly. While they were still trying to determine if the weapons were real or not a third offender began to approach the officers in a tactical manner, partially hidden by nearby brush, with his weapon pointed in the officers direction. Another responding officer saw the third offender from a distance and drew his weapon to possibly engage the subject and prevent the subject from harming the other officers. This officer took a calculated risk and gave the offender a verbal warning to drop his weapon. If he had been wrong this situation could have proven fatal to the offender or officers.

Police Chief John Konopek told WBBM 780/105.9FM that the officers would have been justified in shooting, and said the incident left them shaken:

Our officers were pretty upset after the incident, Konopek says. It was a very close call. It could have turned tragic very quickly.

Police urged parents who allow their children to use similar toys to ensure they are clearly marked as non-deadly, and to make sure they know where their kids are when they play with replica weapons.


An Airsoft replica handgun was also seized | (Facebook)


More Airsoft gear seized by Plainfield Police | (Facebook)

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