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No charges expected after man found carrying BB gun in downtown West Palm Beach, say police

Posted at 2:48 PM, Feb 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-14 15:07:21-05

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — There was a heavy police presence Friday afternoon in downtown West Palm Beach after there was a 911 call regarding a man carrying a rifle downtown.

Police said the call came in at 2 p.m.

Sgt. David Lefont said officers later found the man carrying a BB gun -- not a rifle. Police said the man was cooperative.

Lefont released a statement just before 3 p.m. and said the person purchased the BB gun from someone, who delivered it to a downtown parking lot.

Police said the purchaser works downtown and brought the gun back to his workplace. The BB gun was bought because the man has "nuisance animals" on his property, according to authorities.

Lefont said no charges are expected to be filed.

No one was injured or threatened, say police.