Riverton teen “lucky to be alive” after pulling realistic looking fake gun on a law enforcement officer
(Riverton, Wyo.) – “This young man is lucky to be alive,” Riverton Police Captain Eric Murphy said Monday morning after the weapon pictured above was pointed at a man and a woman in the parking lot of BigKmart Friday at 5:08 p.m. “He’s lucky he didn’t get shot.”
The teen was with a group of other kids having a BBQ on the south side of the lot next to some trees. According to a police report, a mother of one of the kids at the barbecue pulled up with her comnpanion, an off-duty Sheriff’s Deputy, when the kid pulled out a pistol and started waving it around, and he pointed it at the two adults. At the same time, a Wyoming State Trooper was passing by the scene and saw the youth with the gun and called it in. As that was happening, the deputy told the kid to put the gun down, but he jumped on an ATV and sped away instead. With police converging on the area, the youth was caught a short distance away behind the Wyoming Community Bank. That’s when they learned the gun was a fake. But it sure looked real, Murphy said.
The teen was cited on two counts of aggravated assault because he pointed the fake weapon at the man and woman and eluding since he tried to flee the scene.
“We called his mother and she came and got him.
“Can you imagine how you would react if you were an officer and someone pointed that thing at you?” Murphy said to reporters this morning. “Fortunately, it turned out well.”
The fake weapon was placed in evidence.