Man's "Gun" Turns Out to Be a Tattoo

Thursday, Mar 20, 2014  |  Updated 10:54 AM PDT
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Man's "Gun" Turns Out to Be a Tattoo

Dave Leaming/ Morning Sentinel

This Morning Sentinel photo shows Norridgewock resident Michael Smith standing next to a Somerset County Sheriff deputy after he was coaxed out of his home by police on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

Police armed with assault rifles descended on a Maine man's home after members of a tree removal crew he'd told to clear off his property reported that he had a gun.

Turns out the "gun" the tree crew had seen on Michael Smith of Norridgewock was just a life-sized tattoo of a handgun on his stomach.

Smith, who works nights, was asleep when the tree crew contracted by a utility to trim branches near power lines, woke him up at about 10 a.m. Tuesday.

He went outside shirtless and yelled at the workers to leave. When he's not wearing a shirt, the tattoo looks like a gun tucked into his waistband.

Smith tells the Morning Sentinel the tattoo has never been a problem before.

Police didn't charge him.

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