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Cops Shut Down TV Show Production After Gun Battle Gets a Little Too Real TMZ

The police shut down production of a major drama series after receiving calls from area residents about a gun battle -- a scripted scene for the show that apparently was a little too realistic.

TMZ.com reports that the New York Police Department halted the shoot Wednesday for the CBS show "Person of Interest."

"According to witnesses ... some NYC residents saw people with guns near 47th Street and 5th Avenue [Wednesday], and believed they were about to get caught in a shootout," TMZ reports. "We're told officers (real ones) responded ... and discovered the action was all part of the TV crime drama -- and the firearms were just props, but producers were still guilty of a major no-no.

"All gun scenes are supposed to be filmed with NYPD supervisors on the set -- and since this wasn't, cops shut down all outdoor production."

The show's permit was revoked, according to the Mayor's Office.

The TMZ report adds: "Sources connected to the production company tell us the whole mess was a 'scheduling error' -- they started shooting earlier than planned ... before NYPD monitors arrived. We're told no shots were fired."

Indoor shooting for the program continued, the piece notes, and outdoor shooting was expected to resume quickly.

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