CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. — It all happened in a flash.
New surveillance movie shows the minute a Crawfordsville police officer confronted a man he believed was robbing a business.
The incident occurred at Crawfordsville, when police responded to a 911 call about a robbery in Backstep Brewery on North Green Street. The caller told dispatchers that a man in a ski mask entered the bar with a gun.
Sgt. Matt Schroeter arrived in the place and watched a man in a ski mask backing out the door. He appeared to be holding a weapon. Even the “robber” was really actor Jim Duff, that had been filming a scene for a film.
But Schroeter did not know that.
“Drop the gun! Reduce the gun now!” Schroeter cries in human anatomy camera footage published following the incident. Duff then turns toward the officer and takes his mask off; a shot is fired by Schroeter and reproduces his requests for Duff to lose his weapon.
“We are doing a movie!” Duff states after diminishing the weapon and taking off the mask.
The officer then requests him to get around the ground. Duff complies and then yells to someone inside the bar, “You guys better get out here, man.”
The officer tells them to stay inside, although someone begins to come out the doorway.
Police said neither the production firm nor the bar owners told them that a film was being shot in the region. It did not help that the performers and filming gear were within the business, making it tough to be aware that a film was being shot.
Duff was put into custody until police could affirm that he was part of a film scene.
“We could not understand the police, so when the actor left the building we had no understanding any police had even arrived in the scene,” Montgomery County Movies proprietor Philip Demoret told WXIN.
No charges had been filed in relation to the case. Demoret said he planned to utilize Crawfordsville police so that something like this does not occur.