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

March 20, 2014 10:12:41 AM



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.