Boca Raton, Florida (CBS12) -- Boca Raton Police held several men at gunpoint on the roof of a parkinggarage after people told nearby officers about men armed with guns andputting on body armor, according to Boca Raton Police Chief DanAlexander.
But what started as a tense situation ended up being acase of what police are calling poor decision making: Police say thegroup was getting ready for an action photo shoot for a Comic-Con eventand the weapons were actually stage props.
It happened Saturdaywhen a group of people saw the five men dressed in "military-styleoutfits" taking guns out of a trunk, Alexander wrote on his blog.
Theconcerned people found two police officers on foot patrol nearby inMizner Park, which led to the officers heading up to the roof of thegarage with guns drawn.
"We are naturally concerned aboutpossible active shooter and/or terrorist incidents, so our officershotfooted their way to the scene," Alexander wrote.
Policeordered the men - all in their 20s - to the ground before finding outthe good news. Officers said the men, including one with two samuraiswords on his back, planned on doing a photo shoot involving twosuperheroes and two terrorists.
A photo on the blog shows ared-and-black mask, a helmet and several tactical vests along with anassault-type rifle and handguns.
"Some folks are getting carriedaway in their quest for the next great social media post," Alexanderwrote. "Someone is going to get hurt."
The chief asks parents totalk with their children about these situations to help avoid possiblecasualties. In the end, Alexander wrote that the men walked away fromthe potentially deadly situation with trespassing warnings.
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