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Toy gun sparks shut down at Trinity Western University campus

TWU was behind police tape Tuesday afternoon, the result of a report of a man with a gun that turned out to be a toy pistol. - Dan Ferguson / Langley Times
TWU was behind police tape Tuesday afternoon, the result of a report of a man with a gun that turned out to be a toy pistol.
— image credit: Dan Ferguson / Langley Times

A report of a man with a handgun at Trinity Western University led to a police shutdown of the Langley campus Tuesday afternoon.

It turned out a visitor to the Neufeld Science Centre had brought a toy.

The report came in shortly before 1 p.m.

At least 10 police vehicles and the Air One helicopter responded.

Officers from the Langley RCMP, Emergency Response Team, traffics section and undercover units blocked traffic from entering or leaving the university for about an hour.

When the man who prompted the report left the building with his wife and children he was greeted by armed officers.

He was carrying a plastic toy gun which had been confused with a real hand gun by a witness who called police.

He was released at the scene.

The man was not a TWU student, police said.

Langley RCMP issued a reminder to the public to be cognizant that a toy gun can be easily mistaken as real gun.

"The response to the report of a weapon in a school or public location is taken very seriously and police will act accordingly to ensure the public’s safety" the statement read.

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