A Frenchman visiting Berlin probably couldn't have picked a more dangerous spot to pull a pretend pistol.
Police say the heavily drunk tourist kneeled down in front of Germany's biggest synagogue Thursday and pointed what appeared to be a gun at officers guarding the building.
Luckily for him, a quick-witted policewoman noticed that the weapon was a toy before her colleagues opened fire on the Frenchman.
Berlin police spokesman Dirk Stoewhase said the unnamed 25-year-old man could have ended the day in the morgue instead of a jail cell.
Stoewhase said the gun might easily have been mistaken for a real weapon because "it certainly didn't just look like a water pistol."
Jewish buildings in Germany are routinely guarded by armed police to prevent anti-Semitic attacks.
Copyright 2013 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Inside the Baltimore Police Department's watch center is the hub from which city police can view hundreds of crime cameras, pull up street corners and follow suspicious activity sometimes in progress; fancy hardware increasingly complimenting witty software.
ABC2 Investigators uncover Baltimore Police officers making huge amounts of overtime as the agency downplays the total amount spent on OT.
Scripps reviewed dozens of lawsuits and spoke with former insiders who all allege the companies that handle Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s asbestos and pollution claims, wrongfully delay or deny payment to cancer victims...