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.
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.