Posted: May 25, 2013 5:07 PM by Dan Cimmino - MTN News
Updated: May 25, 2013 5:07 PM
MISSOULA - It wasn't a real gun, but it landed a teenager in jail and scared a lot of people in Missoula on Friday afternoon.
Missoula police rushed to the parking lot behind Sears at Southgate Mall when two people called to say that a man was waving a pistol at cars - and one of the callers even heard a popping sound.
Once the suspect pulled into the parking lot, police went into action and quickly detained two other people who were with the suspect.
But when confronted, Missoula Police Sergeant James Caton says a 19-year-old Livingston boy then ran from police toward the mall.
He quickly surrendered and it turns out that the pistol was actually an airsoft gun.
The teen still faces charges of felony assault with a weapon and obstructing a peace officer.
The two other people in the vehicle with him at the time of the alleged incident cooperated with police and were not arrested.