Police Shoot Department Store Mannequin 67 Times After Mistaking it for Gunman

SCRANTON, Pa. – While responding to a call about a suspicious person in the vicinity of Viewmont Mall early Sunday morning, Scranton police opened fire on a discarded department store mannequin which they initially believed was a man armed with a handgun.

The mishap began shortly after 12:15 a.m. on Sunday morning when police received a call about a possible homeless man lurking in the alley behind the Macy’s department store on Viewmont Drive. Officers arrived on the scene to find what they believed was a muscular African-American man standing idly behind a dumpster. “The individual in question was dressed in a tan hoodie-style sweatshirt and appeared to be naked from the waist down,” Major Howard Colvin told the Scranton Times.

A Macy’s employee who agreed to speak to FOX 25 News on condition of anonymity confirmed that the dark grey semi-flexible mannequin had been thrown out Saturday night due to a faulty display stand. “Our officers attempted to communicate with the suspect in an effort to resolve the matter peacefully,” Major Colvin explained. However, because of the way the mannequin was stationed by the dumpster and likely due to the fact that its arms were positioned at an angle by its sides, police believed it was reaching for a weapon.

“When the suspect failed to comply with the officers demands, they responded with appropriate force given the perceived nature of the threat,” Colvin told reporters. It wasn’t until after Scranton police had fired over sixty-five rounds into the mannequin’s back, legs, and upper torso, that they discovered their suspect was made of wire and fiberglass rather than flesh and bone. “When the individual didn’t immediately respond to having been shot, officers realized something wasn’t right,” Colvin said.

In an effort to prevent future mishaps, Scranton authorities are asking local businesses to take extra care to properly disassemble mannequins and other human-like statues prior to disposal.

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117 Comments
  1. 67 shots? What if the man was deaf? They were shooting to kill. This doll did not move. It’s very existence proves that the cops were not reacting to the mannequins actions…..This thing was quite literally killed for doing nothing

  2. Some of you people are so gullible that it should be a crime to be so stupid. It’s obviously a fake news article and any amount of searching will show you this website is a fake news site.

    1. You are right. The author is bogus. Read the “biography.” The Pulitzer Prizes credited to him were all awarded to someone else, and not the same someone else. This is a joke news site.

    2. I don’t consider myself gullible, or stupid, but I didn’t realize this article was fake, because I was not aware of this site prior to reading the article, combined with the fact that the police really are that trigger happy, or at least seem to be. What was once obviously satirical is less so now. I only figured out it was satire after reading other articles from this site.

  3. Were they using automatic weapons? If not, how long does it take to fire 67 shots at someone, and how in the world could they not realize their mistake sooner? 67 shots, without a triggering shot from the “suspect”? Overkill much?

  4. The author of this story is a black liberal BLM supporter. This story and all of his stories have no basis in fact. He only writes lies to try and help push his BLM liberal agenda. Pay no attention to him. He is just trying to stir the racist pot.

  5. There, right there is the big idea, “When the suspect failed to comply with the officers demands, they responded with appropriate force given the perceived nature of the threat”. Next time you’re stopped by the police politely comply with their demands.

  6. “in an effort to prevent future mishaps, scranton authorities are asking local businesses to take extra care to properly disassemble mannequins and other human-like statues prior to disposal.” yes, of course! because it wouldn’t make any sense to train the police department to know what it was in such a damn hurry to shoot up!

  7. You are stupid. None of the facts even add up. Macy’s store isn’t even in Scranton. AND the police department doesn’t use the tank of Major. A pathetic attempt to discredit police.

  8. Really, 67 hits on a stationary target. What I am wondering is, from how many officers and how many total rounds were fired. Is it time to visit Sammie Stars for some instruction. What would Captain Bags say?

  9. How about the cops not be idiots, HAHAHAHAHA!!!! Where are the flash lights or even the lights from the cars. Man this is pure comedy gold.

  10. “In an effort to prevent future mishaps, Scranton authorities are asking local businesses to take extra care to properly disassemble mannequins and other human-like statues prior to disposal.”

    Also, if you happen to look broadly mannequin-shaped it’s probably best to avoid being seen by the police because they might have no choice but to shoot you, just in case.

  11. It just shows how horribly racist and stupid a great many of these cops REALLY are. A MAJOR on the police force. Where’d they get him from. How did he rise to the rank of Major? Sad – and as has been well proven over and over again DANGEROUS! When are these white people going to be honest and admit the truth?

  12. The thing that wasn’t right was cops unloading on a completely non responsive subject
    Don’t ever forget that THIS is what was wrong

    These are the people “keeping you safe”

  13. Perhaps Scranton authorities should consider retraining their police instead of asking local business to deal with their maniquins. Incompetence thought.

  14. So now people have to take extra care so these dumbasses don’t get confused and shoot something damn near 70 times just to realize it’s not a real person… A black man at that… Asswipes…

  15. WAY TO GO SCRANTON PD!!! Get those criminal mannequins!

    On another note – I do hope the LOT OF YOU are retrained on how to approach an assailant without having to resort to deadly force.

    And BTW 67 times?! This isn’t a war movie! Even in combat I never fired my sidearm 67 times on ONE MAN(equin)!!!

    1. Go up and read the bio of this author. It’s bogus. He’s bogus. This isn’t a serious news site. It does a piss-poor job of “satire” when nobody can tell it’s not real.

  16. Sooooo..,let’s understand clearly. …..an unarmed mannequin was minding his own business by the dumpster and the police took his life? The whole USA police force needs to be trained! !!!

  17. Because the mannequin didn’t respond,the police shot the mannequin. Thank God that it wasn’t an real human being because they for sure would’ve been dead or paralyzed from all the bullets to the back.

  18. What an embarrassment for the police, yet it displays the nature of the beast African Americans have to contend with on a daily basis!

  19. They away all their guns and give them each a revolver and one bullet, the bullet to be kept in their left shirt pocket until they get approval from the sheriff to load that bullet in to the revolver.

    What you have there is a police force made up of many Barney Fifes’. It is an embarrassment. I’d fire the lot of them.

  20. To me, it doesn’t matter that it ended up being a mannequin, 67 shots is an over kill evne if it had been a human. Your cops need better training.

  21. How about not emptying your guns just because you CAN’T see if the PERSON has a gun. Isn’t it a bit overkill? There is going to be a new joke out there:”how many cops does it take, to take down a mannequin?
    Random number of cops, 67 bullets.

    Pretty pathetic. I would prefer that rather than put the owness on the store employees, have the police department retrain these cops.

    If they are that unsure of their target skills, they shouldn’t be out there with guns…..however the mannequin WAS WEARING A HOODIE……

  22. wow 67 shots now that sounds a but overdoing it don’t you think unless they are all bad shooters, oh well its back east so they probably don’t have anything better to do

  23. THIS IS SO WRONG AND SAD, A BLACK MANNEQUIN IS NOT SAFE EITHER, DAMN! COP HAVE LOST THERE MIND’S. EVERY LAST ONE OF THEM SHOULD BE FIRED. VERY BAD COP’S….SAD!

  24. Are you kidding me. This is a joke. Everyi5ne that took part in shooting a manequin should be fired and mentally evaluated! Dumb assess!

  25. They need real training with positions and movements this sounds like a joke for real. But we live in the times they really hate us black folks. They will just take us out any means necessary. Much Pray.

  26. Oh my goodness, Take extra care in disposing of your mannequins!!! We wasted 67 bullets on a Plastic Black Man, The police now have to go through extensive therapy so the next time they can make sure it’s a Real Black Person… Stupidity on the Highest Level…. OVERKILL

  27. appropriate force, here are two words that should not be in a policemen’s vocabulary, and over 65 rounds before the subject is still standing, I’d say the crime here is weapons safety. Anyone who has EVER fired a round of ammunition knows that what ever that round (Bullet) hits the subject is moving. So I’d say ticket the cops who are making our neighborhoods unsafe with unsafe weapons discharge I believe this falls under Reckless endangerment.

  28. My problem is what if that were a homeless man with mental issues and couldn’t understand the commands. 67 shots. REALLY!!! I fully support our law enforcement but there needs to be some kind of extra training. JS.

  29. If i was naked was wait down, where was the weapon? Where was the threat for 67 shots? This article implies that it is the stores fault. however I see some problems with how this situation was handle. Wow, homeless with a weapon (gun) he was a wealth bum.

    1. This is a JOKE NEWS SITE. The story is NOT REAL. Read the “bio” of the “author.” He’s not real either!

  30. This is ridiculous. It was a mannequin. It wasn’t real. Therefore it is not a suspect…it is a thing ann object. So the perception is because the mannequin resemble d a person of color, it is justified to ahoot 67 times. All persons in blue need aome lessons on how to not kill, murder, not use sound judgement because of his/her fear and/or hatred of the color of someone else skin different from their own. What did I defend this country for. This United States need help. God please help us. Police are executing us and getting away with it. In the land of the so called free. I am fearful for my life and the lives of my children. Jesus please help us all. Tired of crying.

  31. This was my LAUGH OF THE DAY! Very well written. Snopes says it’s false but still I had tears rolling down my face.. I had to share it on my Rocky The Clown FB page. My followers will get a kick out of this.

  32. So if it was a flesh and blood person does shooting 67 times sound like over kill? Description black male with hoodie ….. 67 times

  33. YOU GOT TO BE KIDDING ME! REALLY! THIS IS RIDICULOUS AND OUTRAGEOUS BEHAVIOR! THAT WAS EXCESSIVE! THANK GOD IT WAS A MANNEQUIN! WOW! UNBELIEVABLE! OUT OF CONTROL!

  34. this must be a joke? 67 shots and then they notice no reaction from the person being shot? Also how quick was the arm movement reaching for the gun? Seems to not add up to a reasonable shoot. What was the hurry? Seems to me that 67 shots was more then two police officers make a bad judgement.

  35. This is the reality of idiots we face, that are endangering our lives everyday
    Not protecting anyone but themselves and theirs pensions

    1. This is the reality of people who can’t recognize a joke news site when they’re reading it. Look at the author’s “biography.” He’s not real. The story isn’t real. People are blaming the “stupid police” for a joke news story. Wake up!

    1. In the Amadou Diallo case (17 years ago) ALL FOUR of the policemen were charged with murder and faced a trial. The JURY FOUND THEM INNOCENT.

      This is “obviously fake” because it’s a made-up story. This is a fake news site.

  36. How about training their officers in threat situations. I don’t see why the need to fire upon this”suspicious person” since no weapon was seen and the subject didn’t move. You would think that after the first 5-10 rounds hitting the target they would have known something wasn’t right???

  37. No they seen what they thought was a black man shot him 67 times before they realized that it was a dummy who are the dummy the police that thought they had another black man they could murder .

  38. Are they for real! It took 65 bullets!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! to figure out it was a dummy ? Who’s the real dummy! Come on …GET YOUR SH~~ TOGETHER SCRANTON POLICE DEPT. !!!!

  39. WOW!
    These cops are becoming more and more cowards by the day. This is utterly ridiculous. I know their job is extreme, but damn. Why are police departments hiring scared shit men as cops.

  40. How is 67 gunshots “appropriate force” unless you’re literally at war. People in battle zones during wartime rarely even have anywhere near that many bullet wounds. This is absolutely disgusting.

  41. You guys are idiots. The police need to start hiring some smarter people like they used to. You fired 65 times for failure to respond before you knew something was wrong? I used to investigate child abuse many years ago and always worked with the Pittsburgh police, they were good cops, what the hell happened to our police forces?

  42. For the idiots who think this is an authentic news story should really get their iq checked to make sure you can navigate appropiately in this world. Also for the haters who think that the writer has some secret agenda to force his views down are throat sublimanly; he’s not. This is meant to be satire, he’s making light of this fucked up world we’re living in. You have to understand dark humor. I guess ypu need a different mindset for it

  43. How pathetic. So you have an “individual” not moving period, no visible weapon, not speaking, not responding, but NOT MOVING, and you shoot this “individual” 67 times. Really 67 times!! If that were a person upon your discovery after the fact, what would be your reason or rationale for this KILLING? No taser comes to mind, stun gun, throw a rock, anything other than deadly force?!! I am glad it wasn’t a person. I am so glad I don’t live in your town. You must be proud.

  44. The problem with this story is that the mannequin was not “reaching” for anything. There was no movement, no gun, no excuse for lethal force.

    What if…..the mannequin did not speak English, was deaf, or unable to respond as a result of a medical problem, such as a stroke.

    One of my clients was the subject of a 911 call about a threatening black man with a gun. The client was agitated, and had a cordless phone (not a gun) in his hand (also) calling 911. The police were pumped upon arrival and he easily could have been called.

    I went through the shoot, don’t shoot scenarios at a police academy, and it is extremely difficult and requires split second decision making (often) under harsh conditions, such as darkness as in the mannequin case.

    1. The “problem with this story” is that IT’S NOT REAL! This is a SATIRE NEWS SITE. Don’t come down on the police over a MADE UP STORY. If the folks who run this site can’t tell from the number of people they’ve angered that their satire ISN’T WORKING, they need to get out of the business.

  45. TOOK 65 ROUNDS BEFORE THEY REALIZED??–REALLY–FUCK OFF—THATS JUST COPS DOING THE SHOOT FIRST ASK SECOND,,, TRIGGER HAPPY-COPS—,, THATS ALL,, NO RESPONCE WHAT SO EVER,,AND NO MOVEMENT WHATSO EVER,,, SO “LETS SHOOT 60+ TIMES ,AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS,,,”OH NOTHING”,,WELLL THAN.OOOOOOOOOOPS….GTFOH

  46. The problem is not the writer’s real or percieved agenda or the iq levels of readers/posters.

    The state of policing in USA is so far off from, what it needs to be. That citizens read an obviously fake story and can’t tell it apart, from any of a number of recent incidents where excessive force was used.

  47. Appropriate response my smelly ass. Once again chicken shit bullies with a perceived license to kill. Went ape shit crazy because they are cowards

  48. Appropriate response my smelly a$$. Once again chicken shit bullies with a perceived license to kill. Went ape shit crazy because they are cowards

  49. so you are saying it took 60 rounds for them to realize the mannequin was not human nor a danger? What about the danger to others their shooting posed if they missed and the bullets traveled onward. Asking stores to dismantle these things is well and good but it necessary to also retrain the officers to pay attention to the actions or lack thereof of individuals before opening fire.

  50. how about training your pigs not to shoot first and ask questions after 67 shots in the BACK! and you still have to ask “why did you run?”??? fucking morons…

  51. In an effort to prevent future mishaps, Scranton authorities are asking local businesses to paint mannequins white prior to disposal.

  52. THAT IS EMBARRASSING … WHERE ARE THE SPOTLIGHTS THE POLICE VEHICLES AND EQUIPPED WITH? WHERE ARE THE FLASHLIGHTS POLICE OFFICERS ARE ISSUED?

    THE POLICE COMMISSIONER SHOULD RESIGN IN EMBARRASSMENT OVER THIS FIASCO, FOR IN CIVILIZED CITIES AND COUNTRIES LIKE GREAT BRITAIN, THE POLICE WOULD HAVE USED OTHER METHODS TO IDENTIFY THE SO-CALL SUSPECT, ASCERTAIN IF HE IS ARMED, AND WHAT WOULD EB THE MOST APPROPRIATE MEASURES TO TAKE.

    THE USA IS JUST A POLICE STATE UNDER THE DISGUISE OF BEING DEMOCRATIC … I AM ASHAMED FOR RIGHT NOW IT IS THE WAY OF THE WEST … SETTLE ISSUES BY THE GUN AND TELL THE SHERIFF HE DREW FIRST

  53. Why don’t you properly train your nitwit police department to distinguish the difference between a human being and a mannequin instead of forcing stores to waste time and hours taking these things apart just to cover your asses.

  54. THOSE MURDERERS!

    THEY SHOULD BE CHARGED WITH FIRST DEGREE INTENTIONAL HOMICIDE WITH MALICE AFORETHOUGHT!!!

    My friend John…..I hung out with him in that store for years…he was so friendly….never had a bad word to say about anyone….

    Those goddam pigs….killing a poor, homeless, defenseless mannequin.

    Why have those cops not all been fired? They obviously are so stupid they should never have been hired to begin with…..

  55. No how about you take a better stance like using some damn tear gas or how about bean bags 1st before shooting 67 damn rounds of amo. The man could have been deaf and of it stood perfectly still not even seeing it’s torso going in and out to breath use your damn Binoculars also next time you now simple shit you should have be fore shooting shit up. Always excuses oh they didn’t comply ok but this shows how stupid and under trained you morons are you killed a damn mannequin, and to try and save face you try and place the blame on the Dept store oh next take them apart no jack ass next time use your freaking commonsense and eyes morons

  56. or the cops could not be complete idiots and could of idk used a stun gun first and not just shot at every black guy (black looking guy) they think has a gun (fake or real gun)

  57. WOW in what way did “he” move that ‘they’ thought “he” was a threat WOOW, at least take cover and watch….. It could have been a person needing medical or mental help….. I had a nextdoor neighbor lady, when I was a teenager, that kept a mannequin in her car(as a safety measure) her son was my age and my friend , there was no carpool lanes in our town….. Cops like this might have killed her 🙁 When the MANNEQUIN did not respond :'(
    If I remember right the MANNEQUIN had a hoody on.

    1. I really hope this is fake, some of the people I love the most are LEO’s But I do know there are some stupid ones out there 🙁

  58. Those cops are absolute mornons….ever hear of a flashlight or spotlight? If a mannequin is standing still and u flash a spotlight on something that is completely still and not moving yet u can see its not making any sound why would u send over 65 rounds at someone for not responding or even showing any evidence of a gun?! Those cops should b given squirt guns because that is absolute stupid idiocrac at its finest!

  59. Please pass along. Theybare targeting people for political views via covert rabble assocuated with lolice, in all neighborhoods.

    .Police are masonic satanists, very low level. They plan their crimes, under guise of family picnics, at local lodges like Elks, Rotary, Knights, etc. Even God hates them.
    A public response is required to end this plague.

    See: Albert Pyke Satanist founder of KKK…Freemason worshipper of satan..enshrined in Wash. D.C.

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