'Gunman' turns out to be actor in film project

'Gunman' turns out to be actor in film project

CHAMPAIGN — University of Illinois police took a man into custody after it was reported he had a gun on campus earlier this week.

But once authorities learned the man was just an actor who was taking part in the shooting of a film, he was released.

According to a police report, officers were called to Temple Hoyne Buell Hall, 611 E. Lorado Taft Drive, Champaign, at 1:15 a.m. Monday after a witness reported seeing a man with a handgun in the area.

After officers found the unidentified man with what they believed to be a handgun, he was taken into custody.

Police soon learned that the object was a replica weapon. The man told police that he and another man were actors in a film project.

Police then identified other people involved with the project and released the man.

According to the UI police report, no charges were filed against the man, but the matter has been forwarded to university student discipline officials.

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Sid Saltfork wrote on March 27, 2014 at 11:03 am

Another good reason to exclude conceal and carry from campuses.  Why no notification to the police regarding the filming?  Imagine the same scenario on the square in Monticello.

Joe American wrote on March 27, 2014 at 1:03 pm

I agree with the second part of your comment, but couldn't agree more with the first.

Yes, they should be disciplined for not receiving approval prior to filming, gun or not, and using a replica gun should not be a reason for denying approval.

But what on earth does this have to do with C/C on a college campus? If C/C was not forbidden on this campus, the police wouldn't he getting knee-jerk emergency calls every time something that LOOKS like a gun is spotted.

Sid Saltfork wrote on March 27, 2014 at 3:03 pm

If I see a stranger walking around with a gun, I am calling the police.  I do not plan on asking the stranger if his gun is real, or not.  I would not call it a "knee-jerk emergency call".  "Every time something that LOOKS like a gun is spotted" is not an everyday experience.

The C/C part of the comment was referring to armed students on campus happening on someone with a fake gun that looks like a real gun (replica).  I have no problem with a Carry law.  It is the Concealed part that I object to.  Arizona had a Carry law for years.  People could see each others' guns.  Hiding a gun is for those who want to secretly hold on to their piece until they are free to exhibit it.  I find it strange that it is illegal to carry a gun in plain sight; but it is legal to hide it.

kiel wrote on March 27, 2014 at 11:03 pm

I bet it was these same two guys I saw a couple weekends ago in the College of Education. Both brandished guns as I walked in on a Saturday. When I looked at them quetioningly, they told me they were filiming a scene and that the guns were fake. Then I saw the film crew and went about my business. I did think it was odd that they would have permission to film without letting people know what was going on. They scared a couple other faculty while I was there, and then they left when they realized the building was less quiet than they had expected.

Trailmom wrote on April 01, 2014 at 10:04 am

I know the officers involved and they showed remarkable expertise and control. 

The students are lucky they weren't shot.  When police arrived and told the kids to drop the weapons, and get down on the ground...one of the kids did so immediately.  The other asked what was wrong and almost lifted his fake gun.  If he had not been knocked to the ground by an officer, he probably would have been shot, and it would have been justified.

How can these students be smart enough to get into the U of I but dumb enough to do something like this?   And a professor told police that he was afraid something like this would happen.  Really?   And NO ONE thought to contact police and tell them?