While police were investigating a suspicious person with a gun and sword on Central Connecticut State University campus in New Britain, a similar situation was reported in Fairfield Monday evening.
Police in Fairfield received an emergency call about a man with a gun at the Game Stop on Black Rock Turnpike.
Officers armed with long guns converged on the shopping plaza and surrounded the parking lot area Monday afternoon. Police quickly learned from the 911 caller and the employees game stop, it was a huge misunderstanding.
"It turns out there may be some video game thing going on, these people dressed as some villains or assassins or something," said Fairfield police Lt. Jim Perez.
A similar incident also unfolded on the campus of CCSU Monday. Police got a 911 call after people saw this student dressed up like a ninja with a huge sword on his back and carrying what looked like a handgun. The school was locked down for hours and students were told to hide in classroom away from windows.
Perez said either incident could have gone either way.
"I would rather have a police officer get called to a scene and have nothing happen than not get called and have something terrible happen," Perez said.
In the Fairfield incident, the Game Stop manager's cousin was dressed up like a character in the new Call of Duty: Ghosts game as part of a promotion.
However, the cousin also had painted the orange tip on the gun barrel black so it looked even more realistic. Police said people can not assume everyone knows what they are up to.
The Game Stop manager and his cousin do not face any criminal charges, but they did receive a warning from police.
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