Early Morning Scare at Peace Plaza
Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - Rochester police officers rushed to the Peace Plaza just before 3 a.m. Saturday after getting a report about a man with an assault rifle.
A Mayo Clinic security official spotted the man through a live surveillance camera and saw him get out of a vehicle in the Peace Plaza alley and walk to a dumpster.
Officers confronted the man and discovered the weapon was actually a replica airsoft gun. He told the officers he “ needed it for protection. “
The officers confiscated the gun and a spokesman says the department will recommend charges against the 21 year old Rochester man.