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Deputies pull over youth suspected of having gun on Route 1

BY BRYNA ZUMER, bzumer@theaegis.com

5:22 PM EST, January 10, 2013

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Harford County Sheriff's Office deputies made a high-profile traffic stop early Thursday afternoon on Fallston's Route 1 after they thought a juvenile had a gun, which turned out to be just a toy.

Deputies got a report of someone "possibly armed with a handgun" in the 1900 block of Parsonage Lane who had left in a white SUV just after noon, spokesman Eddie Hopkins said.

Several deputies blocked traffic on the busy Route 1 corridor while one of them pointed a gun at the suspicious vehicle, according to eyewitness reports.

"It was a 12-year-old with a toy gun that he was playing with," Hopkins said. "His grandmother was driving the SUV."

Hopkins said it was a case of a "good, vigilant neighbor" who ended up being mistaken.

He said he knows many people likely saw the stop, which was treated as a "felony motor vehicle stop." Those types of stops typically involve two to three deputies, he said.