Police Bodycam Shows How Close Actor Came to Losing Life

Officer in Crawfordsville, Ind., didn't realize a movie was being made, fired at him
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 5, 2017 10:05 AM CDT

Note to movie makers: Give the police a heads-up when filming a robbery scene in public. Newly released police bodycam video released by the city of Crawfordsville, Ind., shows how close one actor came to learning that lesson in the worst possible way. Officers responded to a robbery call at a local bar when someone spotted a masked gunman entering. Cops arrived just as actor Jim Duff was stepping back out, holding a fake gun, and an officer fired a shot when he didn't immediately drop his weapon as ordered, reports ABC 7. Luckily, the bullet didn't hit him.

"We're doing a movie," Duff can be heard trying to explain as officers order him to get on the ground. Police ended up holding him in custody until they confirmed that he was, in fact, part of a movie being filmed. No charges will be filed related to the incident, reports the Journal & Courier. "We ask, for obvious safety purposes, that our department be notified of future instances where toy or prop weapons are going to be used," said a city statement. (More police shooting stories.)

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