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Sleeping man with gun-shaped phone case sparks police standoff

Police received reports of an unconscious man in a car who was armed with a gun

By PoliceOne Staff

ALHAMBRA, Calif. — SWAT responded to a scene Dec. 30 after receiving multiple calls of an unconscious man armed with a gun. 

The Pasadena Star News reported that when police arrived the man briefly woke up then fell back asleep. 

The phone case (Photo/Alhambra Police)
The phone case (Photo/Alhambra Police)

Authorities tried to wake the man up with sirens and air horns, but it didn’t work.

After hour-long standoff, SWAT approached the vehicle and the man exited the car, according to the publication. 

Police found his cellphone case was shaped like a pistol. He was not armed.

According to Sgt. Jerry Johnson, the man was tired after working a night shift.

No charges were filed. 

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