BB gun threat prompts police concerns

BB gun prompts concerns (WDTN Photo)

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.

Real or Fake? (WDTN Photo)
Real or Fake? (WDTN Photo)

“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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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