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Published on Apr 27, 2012
Dramatic footage showing the moment West Midlands Police firearms officers - responding to reports of a male with a gun in Birmingham - drew their pistols at a 16-year-old. It turned out the lad was "just messing" with a toy gun - but members of the public and police couldn't have known that and he came within a whisker of being shot.
Police has released the footage as a reminder of the dangers of carrying replica weapons.