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Movie actor so convincing, bystanders call police

CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. -- Crawfordsville Police fired shots at an armed robbery suspect who turned out to be an actor working on a movie, according to Indiana State Police.

Police were called to the Back Step Brewing Company for a robbery in progress just before 7 p.m. Thursday.

When they arrived, they saw a man in a ski mask carrying a handgun backing out of the door.

The officers ordered the subject to drop the gun, but he turned towards officers.

The officers fired at the suspect because they felt their lives were in danger, according to the ISP.

The subject dropped the gun and pulled off his mask and explained they were shooting a movie.

The subject was not injured.

ISP said no one, including the production company or the bar, contacted police or area businesses about the shoot.

The actor, Jim Duff, was taken into custody until his story could be verified. He was then released.

Crawfordsville Police contacted the Indiana State Police later that evening to investigate the shooting.

The investigation is ongoing.

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