- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Police carting assault rifles and responding to what they thought was a complaint of a homeowner wielding a handgun were shocked to learn that the man was actually touting something far less threatening: a tattoo.

The Associated Press reported that police were called Tuesday to Michael Smith’s home in Norridgewock, Maine, by a tree crew working on his property who said he confronted them with a gun in his waistband.

But the “gun” was actually a life-sized tattoo of a pistol, drawn on his stomach.

Mr. Smith, who works nights, said he was awoken about 10 a.m. by the noisy contractors who were hired by a local power company, AP reported. He went outside shirtless and ordered them to leave — with half the tattoo visible, setting off the brief situation.

Police did not charge him with anything, AP reported.