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Man Dressed as Stormtrooper Carrying Rifle Causes Large LAPD Response



Star Wars Reads event at LA Public Library

SILVERLAKE (Deadline) — What started out as a fun day dedicated to all things “Star Wars,” took a chaotic turn Saturday when a man carrying a toy gun prompted a large police response.

The incident was reported at 12:15 p.m. during “Star Wars Reads Day” at the Silver Lake Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library.

The event at the library, located at 2411 Glendale Blvd., drew children, teens, adults and seniors, a witness told Deadline.

Some of the people attending were dressed in “Star Wars”-themed costumes and carried light sabers. But when a man dressed in a Stormtrooper outfit arrived with a toy gun, some attendees thought the weapon was real and notified authorities.“We had five units and […]

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  • 12:34:41 PM PDT Officers advise no additional units are needed.
  • 12:33:33 PM PDT It appears the rifle may have been fake.
  • 12:30:59 PM PDT Police are having difficulty taking the man into custody due to the bulkiness of his Stormtrooper costume.
  • 12:28:35 PM PDT Police are establishing a perimeter while they detain the man.
  • 12:27:46 PM PDT Police describe the man as wearing a Star Wars Stormtrooper costume.
  • 12:26:27 PM PDT The man is complying with the air unit’s orders and has laid down his rifle.
  • 12:25:13 PM PDT An LAPD air unit overhead advises a man wearing a uniform is armed with what appears to be a rifle.
  • 12:24:22 PM PDT Police are on scene investigating a report of a man with a gun.
  • 12:24:21 PM PDT Incident reported at Glendale Blvd & Silver Lake Boulevard.

Man in Stormtrooper Costume With Fake Rifle @CitizenApp

Glendale Blvd & Silver Lake Boulevard 12:24:22 PM PDT
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