An Indiana police officer shot at an actor holding a prop gun while he was filming an ultra low-budget movie, The Washington Post reported.
James Duff was filming a scene in “10 to Fire” at a local bar when police arrived after someone saw the actors’ black ski masks and fake guns and called 911 to report a robbery.
Duff, 48, was walking backward out of the bar with the airsoft gun when the police got there.
“Drop the gun!” an officer yelled, and fired his gun at Duff’s head, missing it by about two inches, according to Duff. The police continued to yell at the actor to drop the gun and get on the ground, even as Duff told them that they were filming a movie.
The bodycam footage from the officer who fired the gun was released this week. No one was injured in the shooting.
Duff told the Post he hasn’t been able to stop thinking about the shooting, and he has been having nightmares about the incident.
“They didn’t even give me a chance,” Duff said. He didn’t drop his gun immediately, police said, but Duff said he tried to remove his mask first because he was confused about what was going on.
Police handcuffed him and he was interviewed by detectives at the station, he said.
Montgomery County Prosecutor Joseph Buser said that no one would be charged in the incident.
The production did not tell police that they were filming.
“It was an easy oversight, but it was a critical oversight,” said Steve Hester, the man directing the film. “We were basically only a block and a half away from the police station. We weren’t thinking.”
The movie, according to the Post, is about a “dystopic future where everyone is armed.” A real dystopia, that.
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