Nassau police halt 'robbery' during filming

(AP) - An actor portraying a stickup man was nearly shot by real police officers responding to what they thought was a real robbery.

Nassau County Police Detective Mike Bitsko says officers weresummoned to a convenience store holdup in Bellmore around noonTuesday. When they arrived, they saw a man with a pistol pointingit at a clerk.

Officers disarmed the man, then learned that he was an actor.

Independent filmmaker Fred Carpenter says he thought it was partof the scene until he realized he had not written anything in thescript about officers showing up.

No one was hurt and no charges are expected, but police sayfilmmakers are required to alert them when they are shooting scenesinvolving gunplay.

The film, "Jesse," is about a Nassau County detective.

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