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Actor playing armed robber shot at by police after being mistaken for real thief

By Mason White 5:47 PM October 2, 2017
Movie set (illustration)
Movie set (illustration)
By: William Martin

(Scroll down for video) An actor is lucky to be alive after a police officer shot in his direction because he was mistaken for an armed robber, according to police in Indiana.

The Indiana State Police said that on Thursday, at approximately 6:50 p.m., the Crawfordsville Police Department responded to a 911 call about an apparent armed robbery in progress at a bar.

Upon arrival of the police, the actor came out of the bar with a ski mask on and carrying a handgun.

A shot was fired by police.

The investigation by Master Trooper Detective Tim Kendall has revealed that a movie scene was being filmed at the Back Step Brewing Company on 125 North Green Street.

The 911 caller reported a possible armed robbery in progress at the bar.

Police arrived shortly after receiving the call and saw the actor backing out of the door with the mask on, and still holding the gun.

The officers allegedly advised the actor to drop the gun.

The actor turned towards the officers.

The officers felt their lives were in danger and fired at the actor.

The actor then dropped the gun and pulled off the mask while telling the officers that this was a movie set.

No one was injured in the ordeal.

The film crew and other actors were inside at the time of the confrontation.

Neither the production company Montgomery County Production, nor the bar owners notified police or local businesses of the filming of the scene.

The gun the actor was holding was a movie prop.

The actor, Jim Duff, was placed into custody until the story could be authenticated.

He was then released.

The Indiana State Police at the Lafayette Post were called by the Crawfordsville Police Department at about 8:00 p.m., to investigate the shooting.