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(KSL News) -- Law enforcement officers, with guns drawn, surround a vehicle in a busy grocery store parking lot and arrest the driver.
The man is in the Salt Lake County jail tonight, after he pointed the gun at several people while driving.
A witness called 9-1-1- after seeing the suspect twiddling the gun in his hand, while driving along 9th East. The caller also said the man appeared to point the gun at several people.
The witness followed the suspect to this Murray Rite-Aid, giving officers a description and location of the vehical. When 40- year old Thomas Woody came out of the store, officers surrounded him, and took him into custody. They found the gun on the front seat of his vehicle.
Sgt. Paul Brenneman, Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office: "IT APPEARS TO BE A REAL FIREARM. WHAT IT ACTUIALLY IS IS A PELLET PISTOL. WE SEE THESE A LOT. A LOT OF KIDS ARE OUT WITH THESE POISTOLS THAT APEPAR TO BE FUNCTIONAL FIREARMS, THEY SHOOT A LITTLE PLASTIC PELLETS. BUT THE PROBLEM WITH THAT IS , YOU OR I OUT ON THE STREET DON'T KNOW WHAT THAT IS."
And, because of that, officers responded as if it was a real gun.
Woody will be charged with brandishing a firearm and disorderly conduct.