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Man arrested for brandishing firearm near Lee statue actually had BB gun

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Posted at 12:25 PM, Sep 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-08 12:33:28-04

RICHMOND, Va -- A man arrested for brandishing a firearm near the Robert E Lee statue was found to actually be in possession of a BB gun.

Richmond Police say Keyon S. Hardy was arrested on Thursday, September 3 in the 400 block of North Allen Avenue. The arrest came during a citywide task force walk-through on Monument Avenue.

Police say Hardy had an outstanding warrant for brandishing a firearm in the same area from the day before.

Police say they originally believed Hardy was in possession of a military-style assault rifle.

However, after closer examination it was found to be a BB gun.

"There were no indicators on the weapon that it was not a real firearm," police said in a release.

Hardy has been charged with possession of ammunition by a felon.