By FRANK LANDRY (external - login to view)
It must have been quite the belt buckle.
City cops descended upon City Hall shortly before noon yesterday after receiving an anonymous tip that a man was in one of the building's washrooms with a gun.
The weapon, it turned out, was an oversized belt buckle, shaped like a pistol.
Edmonton Police Service spokesman Jeff Wuite said the call came at about 11:40 a.m.
The tipster believed he had seen a suspicious-looking guy in the restroom with a firearm tucked into his belt, which he noticed as the man was tucking in his shirt.
Cops responded and found a male matching the tipster's description. He was with two other people.
Police got the trio on the ground, cuffed and searched them.
"It appears that one of the males had a belt buckle that was shaped like a small gun," Wuite told Sun Media.
"At this point, there is no gun at City Hall."
Wuite said even though this call turned out to be bogus, cops take all firearms calls seriously.
"We don't want to take any chances," he said.
"We don't like to play around when firearms are involved."
There were no charges laid.
City Hall security declined to comment on the matter, referring questions to city police.
Sun Media photographer Perry Mah, who was at the scene, said he saw one male and one female being cuffed in the breezeway at the north entrance to City Hall. It's unclear where the third person was.