A MAINE man’s unusual tattoo recently landed him on the wrong side of a police standoff!
Michael Smith of Norridgewock, Maine, was in bed on the morning of April 1 when he was awakened by the sound of chainsaws. A work crew from Lucas Tree Experts was pruning the landscaping on his property to protect nearby power lines.
Irritated about being aroused from his slumber and clad only in his pajama bottoms, Smith – who had worked a night shift – charged outside and shouted at the workers to leave.
He then returned to his bed and drifted back to sleep – but not for long!
Just moments later, the Maine State Police were banging on his front door, and a team of troopers were in his driveway with assault rifles, ordering him to come out of his house. It turns out the workers had called the cops because they claimed that Smith had a gun tucked into his waistband when he yelled at them. But it turned out to be a realistic tattoo of a handgun on his stomach.
“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 said. “We take all precautions when we don’t have the details.
“(The tree removal workers) weren’t 100 percent sure what he was saying,” said Duff, “but he was yelling and they thought it could be some sort of a threat. They thought he was yelling something to the effect of doing harm, but when we got a hold of him, it ended up just being a tattoo.”
After speaking to Smith, officers concluded that he hadn’t intentionally tried to intimidate the workers on his property.
“I think he had been sleeping and was wearing pajama pants,” Duff explained. “I’m not sure what his mind-set was, but he wasn’t pointing to his gun or anything like that.”
Smith’s gun tattoo, one of several on his body, is the same size as a real handgun and is positioned so that the barrel looks like it is tucked into his pants.
Despite the big show of force, police have no plans to file charges against Smith, calling the situation just one big misunderstanding. As for Smith, he took the incident in stride.
“I got plans today,” he said after the troopers left.” I didn’t want to get shot.”