An Ohio police officer has issued a stark warning to two young boys he caught brandishing a realistic-looking BB gun, telling them: ‘I could have killed you’.
The Columbus Police Department released bodycam footage on Tuesday of the tense exchange the officer had with the boys, aged 11 and 13, just moments after realizing he had mistaken the BB gun as a real weapon.
Officer Peter Casuccio responded on Saturday afternoon after a 911 caller reported that ‘two young male blacks’ had just ‘flashed a gun’ on the street.
When he arrived at the scene, Casuccio said one of the boys ‘freaked out and started pulling the gun out of his waistband’.
The officer said he only realized it was a BB gun when it hit the ground.
Footage captured Casuccio with his gun pointed at the two young boys as they knelt on the ground with their hands in the air.
‘This is getting kids killed all over the country,’ the officer told the boys just moments later.
The two boys could be heard in the bodycam footage apologizing repeatedly to the officer.
‘You should be sorry and you should be scared,’ the officer said.
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Source: Daily Mail