Thursday, February 28, 2013

Daily Bee: Idaho Teen Locked Up For Toy Gun Incident

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 9:34 AM

A north Idaho teen was charged with a felony late Tuesday, arrested in an incident involving a toy gun.

This morning's Bonner County Daily Bee reports Sandpoint Police arrested a 17-year-old male, following an incident in which a Sandpoint Public Works employee was hit in a drive-by shooting with a pellet from an Airsoft gun.

The 17-year-old was locked up in the city's juvenile detention facility, charged with aggravated assault. The suspect said he mistook the victim for a sports coach and "decided to play a prank on him," according to the Daily Bee.

"Our officers receive training to distinguish between [Airsoft guns] and real guns," Sandpoint Police Chief Corey Coon told the Daily Bee. "But oftentimes, the average citizen can't, and they might choose to respond with deadly force."

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