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

Sep 19, 2013  •  Post A Comment

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The show’s permit was revoked, according to the Mayor’s Office.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