Police called after cell phone mistaken for gun

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Officers were called to investigate when several people reported seeing a man with a gun walking in traffic in central Colorado Springs Friday morning.

Police said around 5:30 a.m., they got several calls about a suspicious man in the area of Constitution Avenue and Murray Boulevard. According to the callers, the man had a handgun on his hip and was walking in traffic, trying to get run over or steal a car. 

When officers arrived, they found the man walking on Murray Boulevard. He asked officers to shoot him several times, but eventually complied with their commands and was detained without injury, according to police. 

The man was taken to the hospital for evaluation. Police searched him and did not find a gun. They said a large black cell phone on his waist had likely been mistaken for a gun. 

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