Toronto Police say it’s better to be safe than sorry after mistaking an umbrella for a large assault rifle near a busy downtown expressway on Tuesday.
Police say they began investigating near the southbound Bayview Bloor ramp near the Don Valley Parkway after receiving a report of a man with a large assault rifle slung over his shoulder.
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At the time, police advised the public the man was wearing a red striped or checkered shirt and khakis and if he was spotted, the authorities should be notified.
However, shortly after, the Toronto police tweeted that officers were speaking with a man who matched the description and he was actually carrying a closed umbrella, rather than a rifle.
When police realized the object was a harmless umbrella, they posted a public update accompanied by the hashtag #bettersafethansorry.
— Toronto Police Operations (@TPSOperations) August 27, 2019