Thursday, April 25, 2013 2:50 pm
Drunk Frenchman pulls toy gun on Berlin police
The Associated Press
Police say the heavily drunk tourist kneeled down in front of Germany's biggest synagogue Thursday and pointed what appeared to be a gun at officers guarding the building.
Luckily for him, a quick-witted policewoman noticed that the weapon was a toy before her colleagues opened fire on the Frenchman.
Berlin police spokesman Dirk Stoewhase said the unnamed 25-year-old man could have ended the day in the morgue instead of a jail cell.
Stoewhase said the gun might easily have been mistaken for a real weapon because "it certainly didn't just look like a water pistol."
Jewish buildings in Germany are routinely guarded by armed police to prevent anti-Semitic attacks.