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Boys waving toy gun at plaza sparks deputy response

Two boys brandishing a toy gun at a Canyon County shopping plaza sparked a profound response by deputies Thursday.

Shortly after noon, deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station responded to reports of a male seen outside a doughnut shop on Soledad Canyon Road near Crossglade Avenue, waving a gun, then tucking it inside the waistband of his pants.

“It turned out it was a toy gun,” said Shirley Miller, spokeswoman for the SCV Sheriff’s Station.

That fact, however, was not known as more than half a dozen patrol vehicles descended at the plaza outside S&S Donuts.

“There are a lot of cops outside the store,” said a man who answered the phone at S&S Donuts.

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