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Valley City Police Chief pulled gun on man who had airsoft gun

Chief Fred Thompson. WDAY file photo.

VALLEY CITY, N.D. – The Valley City police chief earlier this month pulled his gun on a man who was playing with airsoft guns with his kids in their front yard.

Chief Fred Thompson says he was driving by a home on Oct. 10 when he saw a man holding what appeared to be an AR-15 rifle and children diving behind things. He stopped his car, drew his weapon from about 100 feet away and ordered the man to drop the weapon.

Thompson says he soon realized his mistake and explained the misunderstanding to the man.

No weapons were fired and no one was injured.

Thompson says the incident had nothing to do with his recent announcement that he is resigning in January.

The man who reportedly had the gun drawn on him did not respond to a request for comment.

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