70-year-old man shot after waving a toy gun at passing vehicles including police car as a prank

Toy gun (illustration) 
By: Feng Qian

(Scroll down for video) An elderly man learned the hard way not to play with a toy gun in public, according to police in Arizona.

Phoenix police said that the 70-year-old man was shot by an officer who was confronted with the toy gun.

The incident unfolded on Thursday, as the man, who was not identified, was walking near Deer Valley Drive and 44th Street, while waving the toy gun at passing vehicles.

One of the passing motorists was a police officer, who stepped outside of his vehicle and ordered the man to drop his weapon.

However, the 70-year-old man pointed the gun at the officer who shot him. After the suspect fell down, police determined that the gun was a toy.

The man was taken to a hospital, where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries. The 35-year-old police officer who shot the man, has been a member of the police force for the past 12 years.

He did not suffer any injuries during the incident.