The Fairfield Police Department responded to two calls Tuesday involving individuals with guns.In both incidents, what citizens reported turned out to be pellet guns, which looked like real firearms.
In one incident, a twelve year old walking down South C Street carrying a machine gun style pellet gun was ordered to the ground by police at gun point. In another, a twenty year old was showing friends pellet rifles in a home on West Madison Avenue.
The orange markings located on the end of a pellet guns barrel to indicate it isn’t real were missing or removed in both cases. The Fairfield Police Department says both calls could have ended tragically if the subjects had not complied or pointed the pellet guns at officers.
According to the Department, all law enforcement agencies have been warned that individuals are painting the barrels of real guns orange to make them look like toys, so if a gun looks real they’ll treat it as real until officers can discern otherwise.