Torii Hunter: Cops 'drew guns on me'
Former Twins centerfielder Torii Hunter learned the hard way last night that his home security system works really well.
Photo by Keith Allison. Torii Hunter chronicled the saga on Twitter.
Hunter, who now plays for the Angels, started tweeting about a not-so-friendly run in with Newport police around 5:20.
According to Hunter, he accidentally set off his alarm when he was still in the house. A short time after, the cops showed up, guns drawn.
But apparently police weren't willing to take Hunter at his word that he actually lived there, and made him show them some identification.
My alarm went off in my house while I was in it. 20mins later I saw cops checking out the scene. Went outside and they drew there guns on me— Torii Hunter (@toriihunter48) April 4, 2012
After showing them his ID, the officers not only let him go, but they recognized him.
They didn't believe I lived here in Newport coast so they walked me upstairs at gunpoint to get my ID.— Torii Hunter (@toriihunter48) April 4, 2012
Hunter later reined his story in a little a bit. It sounds like the cops were holding their guns, but did not exactly have Hunter "at gunpoint."
When I showed him my ID, he said I'm an angel fan hope u guys have a great season. ARE U KIDDING ME!!!!!! Lol— Torii Hunter (@toriihunter48) April 4, 2012
The cops that were here today had there guns drawn but pointed downward in for safety. Those guys handled the situation like trained cops.— Torii Hunter (@toriihunter48) April 5, 2012
Kathy Lowe, spokesman for the Newport Beach Police Department, confirmed that police indeed did pay a visit to Hunter's house last night, thought she couldn't add much more.
"The only thing I can tell you at this time is that we did respond to an alarm call at his home," she says. "It was an alarm activation that came in through an alarm company. We responded. We contacted Mr. Hunter outside of his home and confirmed that he was a resident there, and cleared the call."
Lowe couldn't speak to whether the officers had guns drawn. "I know that the officers handled the call in a tactically safe manner," she says.