Police pull guns on teens after BB gun mistaken for real firearm
November 2, 2005
Three Aspen teenagers got a little more excitement than they bargained for on Halloween.Police spotted what looked like a semiautomatic pistol on the floor of their car and held the teens at gunpoint for a short time. The pistol turned out to be a realistic-looking BB gun that was said to be part of a Halloween costume. But before learning that, at least two Aspen police officers pulled their own weapons, and officers from various parts of town responded to a call for backup, according to Assistant Chief Glenn Schaeffer.Police stopped the group, two girls and a boy, on Durant Avenue about 7:30 p.m. for a traffic infraction. During a search of the car, police discovered alcohol in the vehicle, said Schaeffer, who was involved in the incident.They discovered the gun under a girl’s jacket, which was lying on the floor, just as the girl was reaching toward the floor to pick up a fallen bottle of alcohol.Schaeffer said he and his partner both pulled their weapons and called for help, while the teens cowered in the car. The boy who was driving tried to explain that the pistol was part of his costume as a Secret Service agent, even though “he wasn’t wearing a costume,” Schaeffer said.”Everybody had guns pointing at them,” Schaeffer said.After everything was straightened out, Schaeffer said, “All three of them were very cooperative” as police arrested the two girls on suspicion of underage possession of alcohol. No charges were filed against the boy.The identities of the teenagers were not released.