Maine State Police, armed with assault rifles, descended upon a man’s home Tuesday after his gun tattoo was mistaken for a real firearm.
Michael Smith told a tree-cutting crew to clear off his Norridgewock property Tuesday morning. One of the workers mistook a life-size tattoo of a handgun on Smith’s stomach for the real thing. The worker reported the incident.
Maine State Police surrounded his home and asked him via megaphone to come out of the house.
Smith told officers that the tattoo, which looks like a gun tucked into his waistband, has never been a problem before.
“Obviously it was a misunderstanding and he didn’t have a weapon, but we had to respond to the initial report as if he did,” Maine State Police Trooper Scott Duff told the Portland Press Herald. “We take all precautions when we don’t have the details.”
Smith said he yelled at the crew to leave because he works at night and the noise woke him up at 10 a.m.
“I think he had been sleeping and was wearing pajama pants,” Duff said. “I’m not sure what his mindset was, but he wasn’t pointing to his gun or anything like that.”
He was not charged with a crime.