The Edmond Sun

February 11, 2013

Police: Suspect altered air soft guns

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — An Edmond man was arrested after officers found three air soft guns altered so they appeared to be real, an incident report stated.

At 9:36 p.m. Wednesday, Edmond Police Officer Josh Smith was dispatched on a call about a possibly armed person at the Coffee Creek Apartments, 501 W. 15th St., according to a report filed by Smith.

Smith stated that as he approached a male standing in front of an apartment he saw three guns sitting on the bushes nearby. Smith stated that he ordered the male to put his hands against the wall, and as he was searching the male for any other weapons he found two whiskey bottles.

The male said the guns were all air soft and he had not been shooting them, Smith stated. He said a second male who exited the apartment had recently bought them and he was interested in buying them, the report stated.

When Smith was standing about 3-feet from the guns they all appeared to be very realistic; the orange tips had been removed from two of them and black polish covered the tip of the other, the officer stated.

The second male told Smith he was wanting to sell the guns, which were only air soft guns, Smith stated. He said numerous times they had not done anything wrong because they had not been shooting the guns, the report stated.

Smith stated that Mark Garrett Hill, 38, of Edmond, and Randall Lamont Sanders, 36, of Edmond, were both arrested on complaints of possession of an altered air soft gun and public intoxication.  

In the report, the guns were listed as a 6mm Crosman BB gun with magazine, which was owned by Hill, an air soft Tech 9 with magazine, which was owned by Sanders, and an air soft sawed off shotgun with magazine owned by Sanders.

Air soft guns without a blaze orange plug or other similar marking are banned under the city’s municipal code chapter on public peace and safety. The meaning of “firearm” includes air rifles and pellet and BB guns.

Violation of this law is a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine up to $500, imprisonment not exceeding 60 days or both. Sanders remains incarcerated in the county jail on $2,000 bond, according to jail records. | 341-2121, ext. 108