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Police mistake actor for real robbery suspect, fire shots at Crawfordsville bar

Posted: 1:17 PM, Sep 27, 2017
Updated: 2017-09-27 19:10:53-04
Police mistake actor for real robbery suspect, fire shots at Crawfordsville bar

CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. -- A movie set became all too real for one actor when a police officer mistook him for a real robbery suspect in Crawfordsville Tuesday evening.

Indiana State Police were called to the Back Step Brewing Company on North Green Street for a possible robbery in progress after someone reported seeing a masked man, armed with a gun entering the back of the building.

When officers arrived, they saw a masked man backing out of the door with a gun and told him to drop it. When the man turned toward the officers, they fired at him, striking the building nearby.

After police fired, the actor, identified as Jeff Duff, dropped the gun and took off his mask, according to Indiana State Police. He told officers he was filming a movie.

Duff was taken into custody until his story could be authenticated by police.

Indiana State Police determined that Montgomery County Production was filming at the bar but neither the production company nor the bar had notified police or nearby businesses that the filming would be taking place. The gun Duff was holding was determined to be a prop.

No one was injured.

Kodi Swank, co-owner of Montgomery County Production, released a statement:

“There’s lesson to be learned on both sides of the spectrum from us as a low budget movie company and from the police department on their quick reaction. I’m very grateful that the police department did their job to the best of their ability with an unknown situation.

The shooting remains under investigation by Indiana State Police.

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