Police: Reports of Semi-Automatic Firearm Turns Out to be Airsoft Rifle

The air-soft gun recovered at the scene. Photo: Centennial Lakes Police Department
The air-soft gun recovered at the scene.

July 08, 2018 07:32 AM

The Centennial Lakes Police Department received word that people were firing a semi-automatic weapon in the neighborhood Friday night. That weapon turned out to be an airsoft gun.

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According to police, at 7:22 p.m. Anoka County dispatch received a report of a group of four-to-five people were firing a semi-automatic firearm near a church in the area of Ash Street and Indian Hills Lane, on the border between Lino Lakes and Circle Pines. The caller did not know at the time if the gun was real or not. The department added in their Facebook post that it is their job "to take it very seriously and respond as if someone is trying to harm our community whether it is real or not."

Multiple officers responded from CLPD and Lino Lakes Police Department. Upon arrival, officers made contact with a group of young adults who had been testing out a new airsoft rifle. The weapon recovered by police is pictured below. 

The call was resolved without the use of force and without any injuries. 

Police said from a distance it is nearly impossible to distinguish this weapon as not real. The orange tip had been intentionally removed. Police added that these types of weapons are not toys, and it is illegal to discharge these types of weapons. 

The matter remains under investigation by the Lino Lakes Police Department. 


Tommy Wiita

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