ast week, a police officer arrived outside a bar in Crawsfordville, Indiana, at the scene of a reported robbery. A man wearing a black ski mask and holding a gun stepped through the bar's front door. The officer quickly told the man to drop the gun, but the man didn't drop the weapon. Instead, he took off his ski mask.
Then the officer took a shot.
The officer and his partner repeated, "Drop the gun! Drop the gun!" as the suspect froze in front of the storefront.
Then, the suspected burglar said, “We’re doin’ a movie.” The officer said, “Excuse me?” The police department had not been informed of filming in the area.
Another officer shouted, "Step back, step back, step back."
The suspect repeated, “We’re doin’ a movie,” with his hands raised above his head. The officer said “step back” one more time, and then said, “get down on the ground.”
The suspect said, "We're doing a movie," again.
It wasn’t until the officer told him to get down on the ground again that the suspect finally started lowering himself to the floor.
The police department released body cam footage of the incident from the officer who responded to the call.
The suspected robber was, in fact, an actor in a film production. The rest of the cast and crew were filming the scene from inside of the brewery. Nearby businesses reported a robbery, not knowing that the incident wasn’t real.
Thankfully, the bullet didn't hit the suspect.
But what if it had? Would the officer be in the wrong, or the filming company?
Phillip Demoret, the owner of the company that was filming, said, “The bullet flew past his head, so it was a shoot to kill shot I assume… Not only that, but I was just about to step out. So, had it been 2 or 3 seconds later of a shot, I might have been right in the crossfire.”
Film companies are required to get permits in most states before they shoot. Twitter was divided over the issue…