CRAWFORDSVILLE, Indiana — This is when you really don’t want art imitating life.
Police opened fire at an actor playing an armed and masked robber as he acted out a scene in Crawfordsville, Indiana, authorities said.
The officers were responding to a 911 call of a robbery in progress after witnesses spotted a man wearing ski mask and carrying a gun, walk into the Backstep Brewery.
When the cops arrived, they saw actor Jim Dunn, still wearing the mask, walk out of the pub.
“He was the only person that backed out, the only one that came out and he was in a ski mask and holding a weapon. Whether it’s real or not, you don’t know that at the time,” Sgt. Kim Riley of the Indiana State Police told WXIN-TV.
The officers shouted at Duff to drop the gun, but he allegedly turned towards them with the weapon — which was just a movie prop — in hand. That prompted the officers to open fire.
Fortunately, they missed. Dunn then dropped the stage gun, ripped off his mask and shouted, “This is a movie set!”
As it turned out, the movie was being entirely shot inside, so the film equipment and crew were not visible from the street.
“During the scene, a masked robber was supposed to flee the place after being intimidated by the patrons inside. Once outside, from what witnesses could hear and see, the actor complied with the police, removed his mask, and a gunshot was fired,” the film company, Montgomery County Movies, said on Facebook.
“We are currently working with local law enforcement to put a plan in place so this doesn’t happen again.”