Actor shot at by US police after mistaken for bank robber

"There was nothing outside telling people that this was a film set," says Sergeant Kim Riley.
"There was nothing outside telling people that this was a film set," says Sergeant Kim Riley. Photo credit: Sergeant Kim Riley / Twitter

US police are investigating after a police officer in Indiana shot at an alleged bank robber.

Unfortunately, the man was a movie actor portraying a criminal.

Indiana State Police say local police received reports of a possible robbery at a brewery on Tuesday (local time).

When they responded, they found a man in a ski mask backing out of the brewery, and carrying what appeared to be a gun.

Police ordered the man to drop the weapon, but when he turned to face police an officer shot at him.

But the man was actually actor Jim Duff. He pulled off his ski mask and told the police they were on a film set. Fortunately, the bullet missed him.

Police say they had no notice the scene was being filmed.

"The bad part is all the cameras and everything were inside the bar. So there was nothing outside telling people that this was a film set," Sergeant Kim Riley told FOX 59.

The movie producers say they are reviewing their plans to make sure the incident doesn't reoccur.

"During the scene, a masked robber was supposed to flee the place after being intimidated by the patrons inside," the production company said.

"Once outside, from what witnesses could hear and see, the actor complied with the police, removed his mask, and a gunshot was fired. Montgomery County Movies is currently working with local law enforcement to put a plan in place so this doesn't happen again.

"Safety should be of the highest priority, and communication could have spared all of us from the incident, not just for MCM, but for anyone out there looking to make films."

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