Police release video of toy gun incident

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DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG) -- An incident in Des Moines involving a toy gun could have been deadly.

Police released body camera video from a police officer who was responding to a report that a young man was walking down the street with what appeared to be a gun. This happened in September, but police didn't release the video until Thursday. It shows the young man pointing what turned out be a toy gun at the officer. And then the officer points his gun at the boy. No shots were fired, and the boy did cooperate with the officer.

"When you look a this not knowing that was a toy gun in the moment, he put his life on the line to try to resolve the issue without deadly force. And that was a decision on his part, but these things can go deadly at any second," Sergeant Paul Parizek with the Des Moines Police Department said.

The officer left the department last month, but his departure was not related to this incident.

Because of incidents like this, Sioux City in western Iowa has banned people from carrying toy firearms.