Teen Points Fake Gun At St. Louis Park Officers – WCCO – CBS Local – CBS Minnesota / WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — St. Louis Park Police are sending a warning to kids with fake guns that look real.

Police say tragedy was avoided when officers were called to Dakota Park Friday evening on reports of two teenagers running around with guns.

It was a situation where St. Louis Park police had no idea what they were walking into.

Officers say good training and good instinct turned a scary situation into a teaching moment for parents and their children alike.

Kathryn Kottke and her family were out for an evening walk when they noticed two teens playing near a ballfield inside the park.

Dakota Park (credit: CBS)

“These little ones were back by the fence by the woods behind the dugouts,” Kottke said. “There were just two boys and I saw a reflection of something in his hand and I thought it was a gun. So we just sort of watched him and then he turned a little bit again towards us and it was clearly a gun.”

Kottke said she saw a neighbor walking nearby and used his cellphone to call 911.

“I didn’t know if these two boys were upset with each other or if they were playing a game, but on the 911 call I did tell the person I’m not sure if it’s an airsoft or a real gun, but it looks real,” she said.

Police arrived and were told that the teens were behind Peter Hobart Elementary School.

(credit: St Louis Park PD)

(credit: St Louis Park PD)

“When the officers got out of the car, the one child heard either the car or the officer and he turned around with one of the pistols in his hand and ended up pointing it in the direction of our officer,

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