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January 17, 2013

Police: Man with toy gun confronts officers

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Officers spoke to Lecce for several minutes, “closing ranks” around him all the while, then tackled him to the ground and arrested him, Cassidy said. During the arrest, it was discovered that the handgun was a toy and that Lecce also had a knife.

Lecce later asked officers “why they didn’t shoot him,” Cassidy said.

“The officers involved in this unfortunate incident should be commended for their bravery and for showing extreme restraint in dealing with this incident,” Cassidy said.

Cassidy said officers working the midnight shift about two nights before had discussed similar incidents and watched a video of a shootout between Detroit police and a man who walked into their station and opened fire.

The suspect in that incident was killed, Cassidy said.

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