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Man's 'gun' turns out to be a tattoo

 

In this March 18 photo, Michael Smith stands outside his home in Norridgewock, Maine.

In this March 18 photo, Michael Smith stands outside his home in Norridgewock, Maine.
Photo by: AP Photo/Morning Sentinel, David Leaming

 

 

The Associated Press

 

NORRIDGEWOCK, Maine -- Police armed with assault rifles descended on a Maine man's home after members of a tree removal crew he'd told to clear off his property reported that he had a gun. 

 

Turns out the "gun" the tree crew had seen on Michael Smith of Norridgewock was just a life-sized tattoo of a handgun on his stomach. 

 

Smith, who works nights, was asleep when the tree crew contracted by a utility to trim branches near power lines, woke him up at about 10 a.m. Tuesday. 

 

He went outside shirtless and yelled at the workers to leave. When he's not wearing a shirt, the tattoo looks like a gun tucked into his waistband. 

 

Smith tells the Morning Sentinel the tattoo has never been a problem before. 

 

Police didn't charge him.

 

 

 

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