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Police warn about dangers of realistic toy guns

Updated: Tuesday, July 8 2014, 06:25 PM EDT

WHEELING, W.Va--

Wheeling police are issuing a warning for anyone playing with a toy gun -- keep it inside.

The warning comes as police officers confiscate a number of realistic-looking toy guns from juveniles Monday night. The toys even look real to the most seasoned of professional police officers.

Wheeling police Detective Matt Taylor has worked on the force for 13 years and said it is hard to tell the difference between his real gun and the replica guns.

"I would definitely not carry it on their person due to the fact that it does look exactly like a real firearm," said Taylor.

Taylor said four juveniles were detained Monday night for having the pellet guns after a neighbor called police alarmed.

"The caller reported she heard gunshots coming from the Mt. Wood Cemetery and officers responded to the cemetery," said Taylor.

Taylor said when officers arrived they instructed the teens, who had what looked to be weapons, to drop them and put their hands on their heads.

Police thought the situation was serious, but later discovered the alleged weapons were actually carbon dioxide-powered BB guns.
 
"It is dangerous," said Taylor. "If one of the juveniles would have pointed the gun at one of the officers that person could very easily be shot and killed," said Taylor.
 
Edauncia Walker, 18, was cited for contributing to the delinquency of minors and discharging a firearm within city limits.

Three juveniles were not cited and let go at the scene. The BB guns were taken into custody.

Police warn about dangers of realistic toy guns


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