WINDSOR, Ont. — A 25-year-old Windsor man who allegedly pointed a handgun at his neighbours was arrested on Wednesday after police officers surrounded his west end residence.
The three-hour standoff forced the lockdown of a nearby elementary school, and drew a police response that included tactical officers, body armour, submachine guns, sniper rifles, a police dog and the mobile command centre.
“We treat everything as real,” said Insp. Kirk Mason at the scene after the man had been taken into custody.
“There will be a search of the premises and hopefully we’ll come up with whatever it is that he was waving out the window at his neighbours.”
But the man’s friends accused police of overreacting, and said his supposed handgun was a toy.
“It’s a Transformer,” said William Findley, 24. “It turns into a Luger. It’s an 80s-style Transformer… He’s had a really bad day. People are treating him like crap.”
Findley said his friend had a pellet gun in the house at one point, but it was elsewhere at the time of the incident, and the only thing left resembling a weapon was his “Megatron” toy gun… Mason said the original call to police was that the man had become irate over his apparent eviction, and that he’d begun “screaming and yelling” and pointing what looked like a handgun out the window of his upstairs unit… Emily, who lives next door and didn’t want her last name published, said she also saw the man point a silver-coloured pistol… Mason said charges are pending. “We’re going to be looking at some weapon offences at the very least, but we’ll have to give it some time to get to the bottom of it.”
Mason said the response level was reasonable, and in accordance with procedure. “Everything went very smoothly, as usual,” he said.
Regarding the complaints of some in the neighbourhood, Mason said: “Well, I’ll let the neighbours be the judge. If somebody’s wagging a gun in your face… I would hope that would get police attention.”
That is beside the point, of course, that the toy in question transforms from a robot to an artifact that resembles a genuine firearm. It is my understanding that under current American law it is illegal to manufacture and sell toys that realistically resemble real guns. Necessarily these items could be used to alarm police. Some would say that this is for safety reasons but the real purpose is to compensate for an overly litigious age that desperately needs tort reform.
It does mean that no replicas of particular toys from my childhood will be reproduced.
I never did understand why a Decepticon Commander converted into a weapon for another individual to hold.