Police: Suburban Chicago teen with toy gun risked being shot

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PLAINFIELD, Ill. — Suburban Chicago police says officers very well could have shot a teenager who pointed a toy gun at them.

The Plainfield Police Department said Wednesday the incident “could have been unbelievably tragic.”

They say officers responding to a report Friday of a group of gunmen carrying rifles near a residential area approached two teens and while still trying to determine if their toy weapons were real or not, a third teen approached them in a tactical manner, partially hidden by brush and pointing his gun at them. It says one officer drew his weapon and “took a calculated risk,” telling the third teen to drop his weapon.

 

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