HOUSTON, Texas -These days it's hard telling the toy guns from the real ones. And if it's hard for you, imagine what it's like for a police officer during a tense situation. That's exactly what happened to police in Cleveland, Ohio, and now a 12-year-old boy is dead.
It's a tragedy Lt. John Morrison with the Harris County Sheriff's Office wants to avoid here in Houston.
"The Christmas season is upon us, I'm sure a lot of parents are out buying some of these toys for their children, I'm sure the children are eager to get them and go out and play with them, the problem with that is you have to maintain a visual on your children while they're out playing with these types of toys."
And it's not just police officers who could mistake your child's toy for the real thing. With more and more people getting concealed handgun permits, the possibility of an armed bystander mistaking your child's game for a real hold-up isn't out of the question either.
The bottom line is to supervise. If you're not there to watch, then don't let the guns out of the house.
Because as the family of a 12-year-old boy learned tragically in Cleveland, in real life there's no such thing as a do-over.