TPD: Suspect painted real gun to make it look like a toy

TPD: Suspect painted real gun to make it look like a toy
TPD find real gun painted orange to resemble a toy gun. Soure: David Rea
TPD find real gun painted orange to resemble a toy gun. Soure: David Rea

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Tucson Police say a SWAT situation today illustrates the dangers they face when split second decisions can mean the difference between life and death.

The SWAT team responded to a midtown home Thursday afternoon near Glenn and Columbus in the 4300 block of East Hayhurst to conduct a high risk search Warrant. Sgt. Pete Dugan says officers and detectives responded to the home after an investigation was conducted following "numerous neighborhood complaints of narcotic sales activity at that location."

SWAT surrounded the house and ordered everyone out. Sgt. Dugan says while people were coming out of the house the prime suspect ran and jumped a wall into a neighbor's yard only to be confronted by SWAT team members.

The suspect immediately threw down a handgun and surrendered. He was taken into custody without incident but officers quickly realized something was different about the gun. 

Sgt. Dugan says the tip was painted orange to resemble a toy gun saying, "this illustrates the hazards and split second decision making officers can face on a daily basis. It it also depicts how criminals will stoop to the lowest levels and emulate children at play when committing crimes in our community."

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