A 16-year-old boy is speaking out after he was held at gunpoint and detained by police in what authorities said appears to have been a misunderstanding.

The incident occurred Monday afternoon at an apartment complex in Arlington, Texas, located between Dallas and Fort Worth.

Arlington police say they responded to a report of an armed man standing outside the door of one of the apartments.

A 911 caller told the dispatcher that he looked through his door’s peephole and saw a “male at his door wearing a hoodie and holding a firearm that was partially covered by a towel,” the Arlington Police Department said in a statement.

“The 911 caller advised that he’d been receiving threats from a person over social media, and the 911 caller believed the person at his door with a firearm was the same person who was making the threat,” the department said.

Apartment complex resident Rykeem Johnson, 16, says he was returning home from the pool that afternoon and was on the third floor of the building when two officers responded to the call. He matched the description of the suspect, wearing a hoodie and holding a towel, police said.

“They told me to put some weapon down. I didn’t know what they were talking about at first,” Johnson told ABC Dallas affiliate WFAA.

The teen said he froze, as officers pointed their firearms up at him from their position on the ground.

“I was very terrified. I was so terrified, I couldn’t move my body,” he told the station.

When the teen didn’t respond to verbal commands to drop the towel and show his hands, the officers called for backup and the police department’s tactical unit responded to the scene, police said.

“He goes gets his rifle and he’s pointing it directly at me, I get more scared,” Johnson recounted to WFAA. “My …read more

Source:: AOL.com


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