DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A Dayton teen is facing several charges after police say he made threats with a BB gun that looks like a real firearm.
“They’re making these BB guns and toy guns look so real that if someone would have drew that on me, I would’ve returned fire. You just can’t take a chance now a days. Whether it’s real or fake, you don’t know” said
Last year In Ohio, 22-year-old John Crawford III was shot and killed for displaying a BB gun at a Walmart in Beavercreek. 12-year-old Tamir Rice was shot and killed at a Cleveland park for brandishing an air-soft gun that shoots non-lethal pellets.
Early Thursday morning, Dayton police were tested in a similar situation involving a BB gun.
“In the very milliseconds we have to make a decision. Is it a real gun? A pellet gun? Does that constitute a threat against your life?” said Dana Tackett, Miami Valley Gun Range president.
Tackett says those moments that law enforcement spend on deciding whether a firearm is real or not are critical and the issue isn’t going away anytime soon.