11/03/2006

"Just playing around," Iowa teen unwittingly points BB pistol at undercover officers

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa- A teenager pointed his BB pistol at the wrong car. The car stopped and the two men inside pulled out their real .40-caliber Glock handguns. They were undercover police driving an unmarked car.

They ordered Ryon Shelton, 15, of Cedar Rapids, to drop his gun, police said.

''They thought it was a real gun,'' police Lt. Kenneth Washburn said. ''He dropped the gun and attempted to run and was apprehended.''

Shelton told officers he was ''just playing around'' and trying to scare people during the Halloween night incident, police said.

He was cited for assault while displaying a dangerous weapon and released to relatives, police said.

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