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Weapons call in the Renton Highlands quickly goes to pot

A light-blue Crown Victoria pulled up behind a Chrysler sedan late Sunday afternoon on Aberdeen Avenue Northeast.

Someone in the Crown Vic (the type often driven by police officers) pointed a gun at those inside the sedan, all in view of a resident of a nearby apartment complex, and both cars then left.

But they returned a short time later and someone got out of the Ford and approached the sedan while pointing a gun at those inside. The resident called 911.

All the players were still on the street when Renton Police officers arrived to a call, "threats with a weapon." Officers ordered the five men to the ground, with their hands up in the high-risk stop.

K9 Boss was on scene in case someone tried to flee.

The one holding the gun, a 24-year-old Des Moines man wearing a gun belt, was read his rights. It was an air soft gun.

He agreed to talk.

He and his friends were in Renton to film a rap video. He's the director, who does music videos for local rap artists. Today, he was playing a police officer, a role which required him to get out of the Crown Victoria and contact the people inside the sedan

He was just using a fake firearm.

But what officers were about to find wasn't fake.

The driver of the Crown Victoria gave officers written permission to search the car, including its trunk, for firearms and other contraband. The car had a temporary license plate on the back window.

Inside the trunk was an open shoulder bag. Officers could see a silver .45-caliber Ruger, a large jar containing 21.82 grams of marijuana and a scale. No one claimed ownership of the shoulder bag;  the driver had no idea what was in the trunk of the car, which belonged to a friend's fiance. Officers did determine the identity of the gun's registered owner.

The Renton Police report indicated that all the "actors" were cooperative. No one was arrested, but the case was referred to the Renton Prosecutor's Office because a firearm was aimed.

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