Ann a man from Indiana was arrested over the weekend after a boy, reportedly his son, was seen holding and pointing a gun outside their apartment.
Shane Osborne, 45, of the Indianapolis suburb of Beech Grove, faces a charge of felony neglect of a dependent child. The arrest was filmed on a reality television show called “On Patrol: Live,” which follows law enforcement officers on duty.
Authorities responded Saturday to a 911 call made by a neighbor at the apartment building where a kid was holding the gun in a hallway.
The boy, who has not been named, appears to brandish the gun and pull the trigger. There were no rounds in the gun’s holster, police said. He didn’t seem hurt.
“It’s almost beyond comprehension what you’re looking at,” said Beech Grove Deputy Police Chief Robert Mercury. “I saw it the next day and even though I knew the score while watching the video, I was still scared. You feel like you’re out of breath. I don’t know how you can not watch this video, parent or non-parent, and not be shocked and disturbed.”
When questioned by police, Osborne said he did not have a gun. However, when officials looked at home surveillance video provided by a neighbor, the child was allegedly seen in the hallway just playing with a gun, a news release from the TV series said.
“Watching that video, ugh, you can’t, you can’t unsee it,” neighbor Nicole Summers told WTHR-TV. “He just kept going, ‘pow, pow, pow, pow.’
The authorities seized a semi-auto Smith & Wesson 9mm handgun from Osborne and he was taken into custody, Fox 59 reported.
A magazine containing 15 rounds was also taken and the child was returned to his mother.
Beech Grove Mayor Dennis Buckley said he was “appalled” by the incident.
“I received notification from our police chief shortly after this incident occurred,” he said in a statement, WTHR-TV reported. “As with all of you, I am horrified by what happened and so grateful that no one was hurt, especially the little child.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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