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Tigard P.D. recover fake gun after juvenile causes ‘great deal of alarm’ at apartment complex

Published: Jun. 20, 2022 at 3:41 PM PDT
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TIGARD Ore. (KPTV) - For the second time in a week, Tigard Police has confiscated a realistic looking airsoft gun from a teen.

On Monday, Tigard P.D. says officers were called to an apartment complex off SW 91st after they say multiple people saw a teen shooting what appeared to be a real gun in the parking lot.

“I, along with several other Tigard officers, arrived on scene. We gave him commands and fortunately he complied,” said Officer Anela Ceric. “We were able to determine it was a replica.”

The 16-year-old was charged with disorderly conduct and was released to his mom. The case is being referred to the Washington County Juvenile Department.

Just last week, a group of kids, ages 10 to 14 years old, were accused of shoplifting at Macy’s at the Washington Square Mall in Tigard. Two teenagers, 14 and 12-years-old, were caught carrying realistic-looking airsoft guns. All four kids were caught, and the 14-year-old boy went to a juvenile detention center facing robbery charges.

Authorities say the realistic looking fake guns are easily accessible; They say some are given to kids by friends or family or they can be purchased online or at stores.

“This particular one, the kid told us that it was just given to him yesterday,” said Officer Nicholas Nunn. “When I talked to the kid, he told me he was just bored. He was out shooting stuff because he has just gotten it and was bored. We’re seeing more and more of these. Working in the schools, we’ve had a couple instances where kids have had replica guns and we’ve confiscated them. There’s more and more talk about kids having these, bringing them to school, or having them on social media. I took a lot of reports this year.”

Tigard P.D. is sounding the alarm for parents and guardians.

“One thing I would want all the parents to know is what their kids have access to, what they are getting from other kids, from their friends,” said Officer Ceric. “Make sure if they have one of these, it has an orange tip. Make sure you’re taking those precautions. Also talk to your children about where they are using them. With this case today, a busy apartment complex parking lot is not an ideal place. It can cause alarm and stress for everyone involved.”

“I think it’s pretty obvious the bad things that can happen in a situation like this,” said Officer Nunn. “The kids and the parents need to realize how severe, how bad this could have turned out. Either one of the incidents in the last week. That’s coming from both police officers and us as parents, knowing we don’t want to be put in a situation where something bad could happen.”