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Cincinnati PD: Replica gun in officer-involved shooting was gun-shaped belt buckle

Byron Mendez-Marroquin (PHOTO: Hamilton Country Justice Center) Byron Mendez-Marroquin (PHOTO: Hamilton Country Justice Center)
PRICE HILL (FOX19) -

The replica handgun that was that a suspect was wielding during an officer involved shooting turned out to be a gun-shaped belt buckle, according to a Cincinnati Police Arrest & Investigation  Report.

The suspect, Byron Mendez-Marroquin, 20, was shot at numerous times by police Thursday night, according to the Cincinnati Police Department. 

Police were called to the area of Enright Ave. and Warsaw Ave. in Price Hill around 10:57 p.m. for reports of a man walking down the street pointing a gun at people. 

A responding uniformed officer repeatedly told Mendez-Marroquin to drop what the officer believed to be a real handgun, Cincinnati Police said. Mendez-Marroquin began to raise the replica gun and officials said the officer fired several shots.

The suspect was not hit and was placed into custody. 

Police found the the object to be a gun-shaped belt buckle.

Mendez-Marroquin is charged with Aggravated Menacing. 

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