Listen to this article Police Mistakenly Shoot at Actor During Movie Scene in Indiana
Movie Set Shooting
Indiana State Police responded to a call about a possible robbery in progress at the Back Step Brewing Company in Crawfordsville on Tuesday evening, after someone reported seeing a masked man with a gun enter the back of the building. When officers from the Crawfordsville Police Department arrived at the scene, they encountered a masked man coming out of the door with what appeared to be a gun.
Officers ordered the man to drop the weapon, but when he turned towards them pointing the gun, they opened fire. Luckily, nobody sustained injuries. However, it was later revealed that the individual in question was an actor who was shooting a scene for a movie.
The incident has raised questions about the responsibility of movie companies to inform local authorities and nearby businesses about filming activities, as well as the appropriate response of law enforcement in such situations.
The Call and Response
According to RTV6, a local news station, someone called 911 on Tuesday evening to report a possible robbery in progress at the Back Step Brewing Company. The caller reported seeing a masked man with a gun entering the back of the building.
Upon arrival at the location, Indiana State Police witnessed a masked man exiting the eatery through its door, holding an object that resembled a firearm. The officers demanded that the man discard the weapon, but instead, the man aimed it at them, leading them to fire their weapons in response.
The Filming Scene
Later on, it became apparent that the individual was an actor named Jim Duff, who was in the process of filming a scene for a low-budget movie. Duff dropped the prop gun and removed his mask after the shooting. Phillip Demoret, another actor on the movie set shooting, told RTV6 that the bullet fired by the officers went very close to Duff’s head.
Duff clarified to the officers that he was shooting a scene for a movie, and the officers swiftly realized that Montgomery County Production was utilizing the location for a film production. However, neither the production company nor the bar had notified the police or nearby businesses that filming would be taking place.
Reactions and Lessons
Indiana State Police are still investigating the shooting, and they have put the officers involved on leave. The incident has raised questions about the responsibility of movie companies to inform local authorities and nearby businesses about filming activities.
Kodi Swank, co-owner of Montgomery County Production, released a statement expressing gratitude that the police had done their job to the best of their ability with an unknown situation. Swank also admitted that both the movie company and the police department could learn from the incident.
Assistant Police Chief Jim Sessions of the Crawfordsville Police Department said that the officers involved in the shooting are on their days off. The incident has caused a discussion about how law enforcement should react when they mistake movie sets for actual criminal incidents.