Florence NJ law enforcement recently arrested a Burlington City man who was allegedly pointing an imitation firearm at cars passing by on a local street.
A short time before 7:30 p.m., the Florence Township Police Department received multiple 911 calls about a man holding a sawed-off shotgun and aiming it at vehicles on West Third Street in Florence, New Jersey. When Florence NJ cops arrived at the scene, they reportedly saw the suspect standing to the side of the road. The police officers approached the suspect, allegedly prompting him to attempt to throw away a plastic bag.
Police detained the suspect and reportedly found him carrying an imitation shotgun. Additionally, police confiscated the plastic bag and allegedly discovered illegal narcotics inside the bag.
While police officers were arresting the suspect, a crowd of people observed the situation and reportedly got unruly. One person in the crowd, a 14-year-old boy from Florence NJ, allegedly attempted to interfere with the arrest and threatened to spit on one of the arresting officers. He was placed under arrest and charged with multiple crimes, including obstruction of justice and resisting arrest.
The suspect, a 20-year-old resident of Burlington City, NJ, could be in store for severe criminal penalties – despite the fact that he was allegedly brandishing an imitation shotgun, not an actual firearm. That’s because the NJ Criminal Code imposes harsh punishments on individuals who illegally possess an imitation firearm.
The reason NJ law criminalizes possession of certain types of imitation firearms is that it is often difficult for law enforcement to distinguish real guns from imitation guns. To drive home this point, the Florence Township Police Department recently posted a photo of the seized firearm on the department’s Facebook page and encouraged website visitors to take a close look at the weapon. The sawed-off shotgun has no markings that would otherwise make it clear that the weapon is a toy.
For more information, check out the NJ.com article, “Police Post Picture of Fake Shotgun They Say Man Pointed at Cars.”
If you have been arrested and charged with a weapons offense in New Jersey, it is imperative that you have an experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorney on your side. Contact the Law Firm of Stephen R. Piper today to schedule a free initial consultation.