Boca Raton, Florida (CBS12) -- Boca Raton Police held several men at gunpoint on the roof of a parking
garage after people told nearby officers about men armed with guns and
putting on body armor, according to Boca Raton Police Chief Dan
But what started as a tense situation ended up being a
case of what police are calling poor decision making: Police say the
group was getting ready for an action photo shoot for a Comic-Con event
and the weapons were actually stage props.
It happened Saturday
when a group of people saw the five men dressed in "military-style
outfits" taking guns out of a trunk, Alexander wrote on his blog.
concerned people found two police officers on foot patrol nearby in
Mizner Park, which led to the officers heading up to the roof of the
garage with guns drawn.
"We are naturally concerned about
possible active shooter and/or terrorist incidents, so our officers
hotfooted their way to the scene," Alexander wrote.
ordered the men - all in their 20s - to the ground before finding out
the good news. Officers said the men, including one with two samurai
swords on his back, planned on doing a photo shoot involving two
superheroes and two terrorists.
A photo on the blog shows a
red-and-black mask, a helmet and several tactical vests along with an
assault-type rifle and handguns.
"Some folks are getting carried
away in their quest for the next great social media post," Alexander
wrote. "Someone is going to get hurt."
The chief asks parents to
talk with their children about these situations to help avoid possible
casualties. In the end, Alexander wrote that the men walked away from
the potentially deadly situation with trespassing warnings.
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