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LAPD raids game development studio, confronts Call of Duty statue

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If you thought Call of Duty had realistic graphics, you haven’t seen the life-sized statue of one of the game’s characters standing guard at the offices of Los Angeles-based game studio, Robotoki.

The LAPD sure has, however -- and it nearly resulted in a shootout.

Late Thursday night, police stormed Robotoki’s office in response to a panic alarm, leading to a tense 15-minute standoff with a perfectly harmless statue of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2’s Simon “Ghost" Riley, reports Polygon.

The odd tale began when one of Robotoki’s curious game designers decided to fool around with the office’s panic alarm system.

"Our studio is equipped with a 'panic' alarm in case of an armed threat, which was installed yesterday," studio head Robert Bowling told Polygon. "One of our designers, who shall not be shamed, pressed it on his way out because apparently when boys find buttons that they are unsure of, their first instinct is to push it."

At first nothing went awry. After the rest of the team went home for the day, however, Bowling found himself alone in the office -- and then things went haywire.

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It's a pretty awesome statue (credit: Robert Bowling)

According to Bowling, police arrived on the scene and circled the building. That’s when they came across the statue of Ghost, armed with a formidable assault rifle, standing in the window. Considering this a legitimate threat, authorities proceeded to enter the building, where they gave Bowling the scare of his life.

“I was in my office when they arrived and saw them coming up our stairs, guns drawn," he said. "They yelled for me to put my hands up and walk towards them slowly, then took me into custody and out of the studio until they cleared the rest of the rooms and floors."

The cops nearly took the statue down, but eventually they realized the thing wasn’t, you know, real. It was all smiles from then on out, even leading to a lively round of video games between cops and Robert. No fines were issued for the false alarm.

Bowling, who earned the impressive statue from his years working at Call of Duty developer Infinity Ward, seemed to take it all in stride.

"I blame GHOST," he tweeted.

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