BB gun causes elementary school to go on brief lockdown - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

BB gun causes elementary school to go on brief lockdown

BB gun the suspect had in his possession when he was arrested. (Source: Shelby County Sheriff's Office) BB gun the suspect had in his possession when he was arrested. (Source: Shelby County Sheriff's Office)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Southwind Elementary School went on a brief lockdown as deputies investigated reports of a nearby shooting.

The shooting reports turned out to be false. Instead, deputies said a 22-year-old man scared his own mother when he tried to climb through a window to get into his bedroom.

The mother called 9-1-1 and Shelby County Sheriff's Office deputies soon arrived. When they did, the 22-year-old ran away by jumping a fence and briefly escaping into a construction area.

That area is near Southwind Elementary School. Since the man was armed with a black gun, the school went on a precautionary lockdown. 

Deputies soon caught up and detained the suspect near Hacks Cross Road. Deputies confiscated the man's black gun and determined it was a BB gun.

Shelby County Sheriff's Office spokesman Earle Farrell said there are many BB guns or airsoft guns that look a lot like regular firearms. He said deputies really can't tell the guns apart until they have them in their hands.

"Its metal. It looks the same, and if someone points a weapon at you, you are going to shoot," Farrell said.

It's a scary situation not only happening in Memphis. Last week 13-year-old Tyree King was shot and killed by police in Ohio after he pulled out a BB gun and pointed it at them.

Deputies said all types of guns should be locked up and stored properly. They said parents should also be sure to put markings on the gun that makes it noticeably different than regular guns.

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