Suspect uses grenade launcher to test police
PHOENIX (WHDH) -- Phoenix police said a local filmmaker tried to test police response time by staging a fake terrorist attack and making a movie about it.
The filmmaker, Michael Turley, allegedly dressed his 16-year-old relative in a sheet, gave him a fake rocket propelled grenade launcher, and had him walk up and down a busy Phoenix intersection.
"Phoenix police officers received several 9-1-1 calls from concerned citizens from the area of 33rd Avenue and Bell, said James Holmes, an officer at the Phoenix Police Department.
In his film, Turley references the Colorado movie massacre as well as Columbine and said he wants to test police.
In the movie, the narrator claims the response time for police is 14 minutes.
"Why is this taking so long for law enforcement to respond? It took 14 minutes and 57 seconds from the time we were sure we were first spotted until the time phoenix police actually arrived,” said the narrator.
But, Phoenix police said their response time was much faster.
"Once the call was actually put out by dispatch until the time we got to that home was about three and a half minutes,” said Holmes.
Turley founded the Phoenix production company, Summitstar Films and Entertainment. According to his Facebook page, he's also a master hypnotist and magician, but his latest project was hardly movie magic, according to police.
"That’s a terrorist incident because we don't use grenade launchers in this country,” said Holmes.
Turley faces charges including knowingly giving a false impression of a terrorist act.
His 16-year-old relative was also arrested.