When a gun is drawn on officers they only have a split second to make a life or death decision, even if that gun is a fake.
A recent post from Freeport Police Department called for awareness of BB guns. Officers described how realistic they look.
If you look at the picture [on the left of the screen], which one do you think is real and which one do you think is a BB gun?
The gun on the left is actually a BB gun.
Police said they took that gun from a juvenile walking down the street recently. Officers were able to do so without anyone getting hurt. The teenager has been charged with possessing a BB gun in a public place.
On Freeport Police's Facebook page it said, "To anyone who would carry this gun [referring to picture] on the street and then quickly pull it out of your waistband to tell us that "it's only a BB gun" you need to know that we are not going to listen to what you are saying, and we are going to judge the situation on what we are seeing and on the circumstances we have in front of us in that moment. We will only have a fraction of a second to make a life or death decision on what to do in that moment, and you better believe that we WILL think this is a real gun!"
Police are also asking parents to keep these out of their children's hands.