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Fake gun causes real scare

Original post made on Apr 3, 2013

What could have been a tragic situation -- multiple reports of a man in body armor running with an assault weapon -- turned out to be nothing more than a teen with an imitation gun and wearing a brown utility vest.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 2:58 PM

Comments (16)

Posted by Steve, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 3, 2013 at 7:06 pm

Would say that this was a participant in Assassins, but a 16-year-old is a little bit too young.

Posted by Joe, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 3, 2013 at 8:52 pm

Pleasanton and Livermore police should hang their heads in shame...

Posted by Thruth, a resident of Birdland
on Apr 3, 2013 at 9:30 pm should shut your mouth. The parentsnof this misguided youth are the ones who should be ashamed. joe..when you get (Word removed by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff) slapped don't call the cops.

Posted by Ahem, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 3, 2013 at 10:17 pm

I'm always very impressed by the intellectual quality of the contributors to these threads.

Posted by Rick, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 3, 2013 at 10:28 pm

Thank you to the citizens that contacted police AND thank you to all the law enforcement members for doing your job perfectly.

No one should take this type of situation lightly

Posted by Christina, a resident of Walnut Grove Elementary School
on Apr 4, 2013 at 8:13 am

Thank you to the Pleasanton Police Department!

Posted by Ed, a resident of Stoneridge
on Apr 4, 2013 at 9:04 am

Nice to see the Pleasanton Police and the citizens of P-town alert and ready to respond to a potentially dangerous situation. I have no idea what Joe was referring to that was shameful in our law enforcement's actions. Air Soft guns from a distance look like the a real weapon, the only easy way to differentiate them from the real thing at a distance is the bright orange tip at the end of the barrel. Unfortunately most kids remove the tips for the sake of realism which poses a problem for a bystander or law enforcement. Bottom line, good job Pleasanton P.D.!!

Posted by Marilyn, a resident of Las Positas
on Apr 4, 2013 at 9:38 am

As someone that lives a few houses away from this, I'm am glad that the police reacted the way they did and everything turned out. It could have been a tragedy.

Posted by M & K Lundin, a resident of Stoneridge
on Apr 4, 2013 at 9:47 am

The police had to respond to concerned residents calls.

We watched the entire incident from our second floor bedroom, as it happened, right behind our home.

The police were incredibly professional, very calm, and low key, as they assessed the situation. Some residents may have been alarmed by he incident, but, as a front row witness, be assured, we should be very proud of our police!

Posted by Charmin, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 4, 2013 at 10:22 am

My neighbors and I are armed at home, and so this wayward teen, a potential threat to all of us, might not have been so fortunate had my well-trained neighbors or I shot first and asked questions later. This is why citizens need to be armed, and why we're a safer society as a result.

BTW, I wonder how much overtime pay was claimed for such a silly incident that could have been stopped pronto with a well-armed citizenry?

Posted by Citizen, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 4, 2013 at 10:23 am

Excellent response. Thanks to the Pleasanton PD!

Posted by Charmin, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 4, 2013 at 10:50 am

Well, thank YOU for the compliment, Citizen.

Posted by anon, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 4, 2013 at 11:46 am

@Charmin - really you or your neighbor would have been shooting an innocent person, and your concerned how much money you would have saved the city for their police deployment? It is against the law to fire/shoot an air soft gun in the city limits. It is not against the law to carry one. The teen was careless and foolish for doing so, but it doesn't warrant him being shot and killed by overzealous neighbors looking to save the City of Pleasanton Police Dept. a few dollars. A life is worth more than the cost of calling out the SWAT team.

I wonder if you have ever speed,not used your turn signal, or lied on your taxes? Those are against the law too...but I don't see you getting shot over it.

Posted by anon, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 4, 2013 at 11:47 am

@Charmin - "Citizens" response wasn't to you.

Posted by DJohns, a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Apr 6, 2013 at 10:01 am

DJohns is a registered user.

There has been a failed 20 year effort to build a community/youth center. Many Pleasanton merchants and community members want to ban kids from downtown. There is concern about the limited pro-kid places for kids to gather and the shutdown of the water-slides, an important youth asset. Pleasanton police profile (harass) our youth, an activity that is illegal to do to adults. And for many years youth have asked the city of Pleasanton for a safe place for the benign activity of air-soft battles but kids are instead the target of Pleasanton's SWAT team.

Pleasanton police Lt. Brian Laurence is a nice guy and a good officer. He was the lead officer on the many requests and discussions with Pleasanton youth requesting a SAFE place to participate in this popular activity. He said he agreed that it was a good activity for kids and a safe place is needed. But ten years later guns are STILL pulled on our kids and they are punished. Who is held responsible for letting our kids down once again?

Posted by nancy s., a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 6, 2013 at 4:19 pm

nancy s. is a registered user.

I agree that pleasanton needs a community center for our youth. Growing up our local park had a center where we could check out basketballs, volleyballs, footballs, baseball and tennis equipment. The fields/courts were right there. we had ping pong and shuffleboard. We could also check out checkers, chess, dominos, backgammon and other games. While many of us were raised by single parents, this gave us a safe, supervised place to hang out.

I always envisoned that something incorporated around the water slides would be perfect. Bmx track right there. Could put in a skate park too. Run it year round with a concession stand....

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