Dayton police: BB gun was very convincing

Teen arrested for menacing (WDTN photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A 17-year-old is facing charges of aggravated menacing and inducing panic after threatening to harm himself.

Officers were called to Linden Ave. around 1:30 a.m. Thursday for the report of a suicidal teen with a gun. Two women who with him said they felt threatened.

The women came out of the house when police arrived and were moved to safety.

Officers made contact with the teen over the phone and convinced him to surrender after about 15 minutes.

Sgt. Clarence West said the teen came out with his hands up and laid down on the porch. He was taken into custody without incident.

Officers recovered the weapon from the home; it turned out to be a very realistic BB gun.

“It even had rounds that you could stick in the cylinder, made it look like it was real,” said Sgt. West.

“They’re making these BB guns and toy guns look so real. If somebody had drawn that on me, I would have returned fire. You just can’t take the chance nowadays whether it’s real or fake, you don’t know.”

The teen was taken to the Montgomery County Juvenile Justice Center. 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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