ON THE SCENE: An armed police officer directed two men outside a Chinchilla home at gun point after one walked down a street with a gel blaster.
ON THE SCENE: An armed police officer directed two men outside a Chinchilla home at gun point after one walked down a street with a gel blaster. Brooke Duncan

Heavily armed police storm street over gel blaster rifle

A MAN wielding a toy gun while walking down a Chinchilla street resulted in a dramatic response. 

Armed police in bulletproof vests arrived at a premises on Birkett St about 12.15pm after receiving a Triple Zero call that an armed man was on the loose.

Dalby-Burnett Acting Inspector Scott Stahlhut said a member of the public had made a 000 call to report the armed man.

He said on arrival police observed two men in a home, one matching the description of the person reported.

The officers directed the men outside at gunpoint where both submitted to police instructions, while a search inside revealed the truth behind the weapons.

"A pistol style gel blaster handgun and a gel blaster rifle was located, they're of a genuine appearance to legitimate weapons," Inspector Stahlhut said.

Gel blasters are battery operated toy guns use air to shoot gel bullets.

They are considered toys and are legal to own in Queensland, but nonetheless the incident raised an important warning from police.

"The message is that, given the realistic appearance of the gel blaster units, a member of the public or any other person, including police, could reasonably believe they are genuine weapons," Inspector Stahlhut said.

"Police responding would reasonably treat any incident with the seriousness and response that any incident involving an armed person would create."

According to Inspector Stahlhut, anyone with a gel blaster need to ensure behave acting "appropriately" or they could face charges for a variety of offences.

That was the case for one of the men in Chinchilla on Tuesday, who was arrested and charged with going armed to cause fear.

The 25-year-old is set to appear in Chinchilla Magistrates Court at a later date.

The incident is the latest in a number of offences involving gel blasters across the region this year.
 



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