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Saskatoon Police arrest man with fake gun

Saskatoon police arrested a man suspected of pointing a weapon at an officer. Police later discovered it was an airsoft pistol.
Saskatoon police arrested a man suspected of pointing a weapon at an officer. Police later discovered it was an airsoft pistol. File / Global News

Saskatoon Police arrested a 30-year-old man on Sunday afternoon after he pointed what appeared to be a handgun at an officer.

Shortly after 3 p.m. a police officer attempted to speak to a man riding his bike on the sidewalk at 8th St East and Circle Drive East, according to a statement.

The man refused to stop and the officer followed him to Clark Crescent and Stephenson Crescent, where the suspect pulled out a gun and pointed it at the police officer.

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He threw it to the ground, biked to the 100 block of Clark Cres., and reached into his sweater “as if he was retrieving a weapon,” the statement said.

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The officer then arrested him.

When police recovered the firearm members discovered it was a CO2 airsoft pistol.

The suspect has been charged with, among other things, assaulting a police officer and obstruction of justice.