Man points toy gun at cars in Dayton

Man arrested for pointing fake gun at motorists

Bennie Coleman, 20, was arrested on Tuesday morning and booked in Montgomery County Jail. Police observed him in a firing stance, pointing the gun at passing motorists and waving the gun back and forth from left to right, according to a Dayton police report.

Police were called to the area after a woman called 911 and reported a male was walking north on Keowee Street carrying a pistol with an orange tip, and when she drove by, he pointed the gun at her.

Police ordered Coleman to drop the gun, and he replied, “It’s a toy,” as he raised his hands waist high with the gun still in his hand, according to the report. The responding officer said he started to draw his service weapon from the holster and ordered Coleman again to drop the weapon, according to the report. Coleman then complied and dropped the gun.

Coleman told police he pointed the gun at people to “just have some gun since it was Christmas time,” according to the report.

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