Police fire at actor filming armed robbery scene for movie

Actor Jim Duff is lucky to be alive after cops mistook him for a real-life armed robbery suspect

Indiana State Police determined that Montgomery County Production was filming at the bar but neither the production company nor the bar had notified police or nearby businesses that the filming would be taking place.

At approximately 6:50 p.m. Tuesday, a 911 caller reported seeing two men wearing ski masks and holding guns in front of Backstep Brewery, 125 N. Green St.

Duff was held by police until the story could be verified.

Duff reportedly then pulled off his ski mask, dropped his gun and proceeded to tell the officers that he was an actor and they were all on a movie set, police said. He then told the officers they were on the set of a movie production. The crew did not inform police ahead of time the scene would be filmed.

A bartender who answered the phone at Back Step said the business was unable to make a statement until police finish their investigation. He was later released.

When police arrived, they saw actor Jim Duff backing out of the bar while wearing the masking and holding a fake gun. "The next thing I know I heard a gunshot and something buzz by my head". Neither Crawfordsville police, nor Montgomery County Movies responded to requests for comment.

"Had it been a real robbery, the police were quick to the scene, and the situation would have been diffused promptly". The movie crew was inside the building and could not be seen from the street. They also said they are working with police to put a plan in place to stop this from happening again.

The Indiana State Police out of the Lafayette Post were called by Crawfordsville Police Department at about 8 p.m. Tuesday to investigate the shooting.

An investigation was ongoing.



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