GLENDORA (CBSLA.com) â€” A student film crew shooting a robbery scene at a Glendora coffee shop were almost fired on by police who believed an actual crime was taking place.
The incident happened at Classic Coffee on North Glendora Avenue around 7:20 a.m. Thursday.
Passerby Linda Bergslien told CBS2â€™s Cristy Fajardo that she thought she was witnessing a robbery and feared for her life. She immediately called 911.
â€œThey had masks on, and the one had a gun in his hand, and it was clear they were ready to enter the building,â€ she said.
Eight officers responded to the scene.
A sergeant and two officers stormed into the coffee shop and saw what appeared to be two armed men. Police said one suspect froze and didnâ€™t drop his weapon.
One officer got ready to shoot when another intervened.
â€œWhen he didnâ€™t drop the gun, one of the officers reached out and pulled the gun out of his hand,â€ said Capt. Tim Staab of the Glendora Police Department.
Seconds later, the sergeant saw a camera, and the actors explained they were shooting a short film.
Police said the crew didnâ€™t pull any permits and didnâ€™t notify cops of the filming. Because it was a small production, there were no signs of a movie shoot.
The actors also removed or blackened the orange tips on their toy guns.
â€œIt was extremely reckless and thank goodness our officers responded in the right way,â€ said Staab.