Cellphone cover shaped like gun causes police standoff in California
A cellphone cover caused confusion and a lot of trouble for police in Alhambra, California, after officers were called to a parking lot to deal with a driver, whom they thought was armed.
Turns out, the man was asleep beside a cellphone case shaped like a gun, but Alhambra police didn’t realize until hours later, once the individual surrendered.
Early in the morning of December 30, the Alhambra Fire Department was responding to a potential medical emergency in a carpark after spotting a man they suspected was either unconscious or sleeping in a car and also noticed the gun-shaped object beside the driver.
Special forces were called to the scene and, at around 2:35pm, the man emerged from the car with his hands up after police realized he had been snoozing with the gun-shaped cellphone cover beside him.
“The situation ended peaceful and it was determined what appeared to be a gun was actually a cellphone case of a gun,” Alhambra Police said in a Facebook post.
“The male subject did not require any medical attention, was not arrested, and was sleeping in his vehicle,” the statement continued.
Police added that businesses in the area were back to normal with a final warning that the incident “could have very easily ended tragically” and to “please reconsider carrying items like this in public.”