The armed robber is not a victim!
Spokane, Washington Police Chief Frank Straub is concerned that criminals who used realistic airsoft guns in the commission of crimes might get shot by homeowners, concealed carriers, business owners, or police when they didn’t really pose a threat.
The gun in Stephen Corkery’s hand when he allegedly robbed several Spokane businesses and walked into a fatal standoff on West Grace Avenue in March was fake, investigators say.
The alleged crimes, and the consequences, were very real.
Local law enforcement have responded to at least a dozen calls since the start of the year involving people armed with a gun that officers and bystanders believed was authentic, but turned out to be a realistic-looking replica. Two of those encounters, including Corkery’s, have ended with fatalities.