Attempted Bridgeport robbery sparks fake gun warning from police

Bridgeport police are warning that using a fake gun in a crime can get criminals in just as much trouble.

Bridgeport police are warning that using a fake gun in a crime can get criminals in just as much trouble. (3/31/17)

BRIDGEPORT - Bridgeport police are warning that using a fake gun in a crime can get criminals in just as much trouble.

The warning comes on the heels of a double arrest in an attempted armed robbery in Bridgeport.

Bridgeport Police Chief AJ Perez tells News 12 Connecticut that when somebody commits a crime and displays a weapon in the process, the law makes no distinction between real guns and fake guns.

Perez says an officer recently shot a would-be armed robber in the face because he thought he was in imminent danger. Perez says the suspect ended up having a pellet gun that was made to look like a real gun. That suspect suffered injuries not considered life-threatening.

Police say the city of Bridgeport has banned the sale of pellet guns.

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