Australian film makers spark police emergency

Wed Nov 5, 2008 9:43pm EST
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CANBERRA (Reuters) - Actors filming a late-night hostage scene sparked a full scale police emergency in Australia's southern city of Melbourne, police said on Thursday.

The emergency started late Wednesday when a distressed witness went to a local police station to report seeing a person pointing a gun at another person at a nearby apartment block.

"Police went to the area and saw a man pointing a firearm at the head of another man," the Victoria state police said in a statement Thursday.

Police put up road blocks and kept local residents away from the area, while armed police wearing body armor were sent in.

It turned out the armed assailant and his victim were making a film, but hadn't notified the police or anyone of their plans. Police found a fake gun, a script and film equipment.

Police arrested four men, who face charges of causing a public nuisance.

(Reporting by James Grubel; Editing by Valerie Lee)