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      Fairfield police respond to possible gun threats

      Pellet guns caused a scare in Fairfield on Tuesday.

      According to the Fairfield Police Department, officers responded to two separate reports of guns near schools.

      In both cases, the guns in question turned out to be pellet type guns.

      The first incident happend around 3:30 p.m.

      Officers recevied a report of a gun on the 500 block of West Madison.

      Upon further investigation it was determined that a 20-year-old male was showing friends pellet guns similar to a .22 rifle.

      The youths were located inside a residence and cooperated with police.

      The second incident had the potential to be a tragedy.

      Around 4:00 p.m., authorities approached a 12-year-old youth walking down South C Street. The youth was carrying a weapon that appeared to be a AR-15 style assault weapon.

      The youth was ordered to the ground at gun point. Officers then determined the weapon to be a pellet gun.

      In both incidents, the immediate area was shut down until the guns were located and at no time were children walking home from school in any danger. If the calls would have been received prior to school being let out, the Police Department would have contacted the elementary schools and had the schools hold the students until the area was safe.

      Fairfield Police Chief Julie Harvey reminds residents that any gun, real or not, that shoots a projectile is illegal to shoot within the city limits.

      Full statement from Fairfield P.D.

      Yesterday, the Fairfield Police Department received two calls from concerned citizens reporting kids with guns in the vicinity of both elementary schools. In both incidents the guns were actually pellet guns but looked real. In both incidents the immediate area was shut down until the guns were located and at no time were children walking home from school in any danger. If the calls would have been received prior to school being let out, the Police Department would have contacted the elementary schools and had the schools hold the students until the area was safe.

      The first incident happened in the 500 block of west Madison Avenue at 3:32 p.m. A twenty year old male was showing his teenage friends two pellet rifles that were similar to a .22 rifle. The youths were located inside a residence and cooperated with police.

      The second incident happened in the 300 block of south C Street at 4:06 p.m. A twelve year old youth was walking down the street carrying a pellet gun that looked like an AR-15. The youth was ordered to the ground at gun point.

      On both calls a tragic incident could have occurred if the subjects not complied with police directives or pointed the pellet guns at officers. At some point common sense must prevail and youth must be educated on how to handle guns responsibly. In light of all the recent shootings, people are very cautious when people are handling guns-whether real or not- especially in the vicinity of our schools. One parent commented that his child??s gun had the orange marking on the end of the barrel. However, the kid had covered the orange marking with tape to make it look real. In the other incident, there was no orange marking on the barrel. All law enforcement agencies have received cautions that ??bad guys?? are painting the barrels of real guns orange to make them look like toys. Now the rule of thumb is that if the gun looks real treat it as real until officers can discern otherwise.

      Any gun, real or not, that shoots a projectile is illegal to shoot within the city limits.