Late-night calls about handguns turned out to be BB guns, Lawrence police say

photo by: Chris Conde/Journal-World File Photo

A Lawrence Police Department vehicle is seen in this file photo from September 2018.

Lawrence police investigated multiple calls involving weapons or gunshots Thursday night. However, it did not appear that any shots were actually fired, and in two unrelated incidents, both guns turned out to be BB guns, a department spokesman said.

Around 9:30 p.m., officers were dispatched to the intersection of 10th and Massachusetts streets for a reported disturbance with weapons, Patrick Compton told the Journal-World via email Thursday. There had been a disagreement between a group of individuals, and one threatened another with what appeared to be a handgun, Compton said.

A 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault and disorderly conduct in connection with that incident, the Douglas County Jail booking log indicated. As of Friday, he was being held in custody without bond.

In an unrelated incident, police were dispatched to The Nest Apartments, 3345 Magnolia Circle, at around 10 p.m. for a reported disturbance with weapons.

“During the investigation, officers determined that there had been an argument between a group of individuals near the swimming pool, in which a white male subject produced a handgun,” Compton said.

Officers got a warrant and searched an apartment, where they recovered the handgun, Compton said.

As of Friday afternoon, a 20-year-old man was being held without bond at the Douglas County Jail in connection with that incident, the booking log indicated.

Multiple other calls about gunshots Thursday night turned out to be fireworks, Compton said.

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