Police Say Youth Lucky He Wasn't Shot By Officer

By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

(Information in the following story is from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com)

MERRIAM, Kan. (AP) _ Police say an eastern Kansas teenager is lucky he didn't get shot after pointing a toy assault rifle at an officer.

The Kansas City Star reports Merriam police responded at 8:20 a.m. Thursday after someone saw three people in camouflage and carrying rifles jump out of a van and run behind a house.

Armed officers rounded the corner of the house and were confronted by two people with guns. One of the youths pointed his gun in the direction of police, but an officer noticed orange paint on the barrel indicating it was a toy.

It was an Airsoft gun and the teens say they were practicing for a game.

Police say the 15-year-old won't be charged.

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