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Police handcuff teen wielding pellet gun

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Norton police handcuffed a 15-year-old boy at gunpoint Jan. 14 before realizing he was carrying a pellet gun, not a handgun as they first believed, according to Police Lieutenant Todd Jackson. He said a neighbor called police at 4 p.m. to report a male wielding a gun, jumping a fence, appearing to try to gain entry to an Edward Street house, and repeatedly returning to a wooded area. When police responded, they found the teen was using a pellet gun legally behind his own home. According to Jackson, police spoke to the teen and his family, and a family member said he was shooting cans. No charges were filed, Jackson said, adding that from a distance, the pellet gun would be difficult to distinguish from a handgun, even though it has a small orange tip.

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