LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A man caused a scare at a Las Cruces church by brandishing a toy gun during a mass.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that the man walked up an aisle of St. Genevieve Church on Sunday and began displaying erratic behavior.

Witnesses told the newspaper that the man, who wasn't believed to be a regular attendee, raised an orange toy gun, which popped a few times.

He wasn't believed to have pointed the toy weapon at anyone or issued a verbal threat.

A group of men from the church surrounded the man and escorted him out of the building.

Police say the man was intoxicated.

They say he discarded the toy gun as he left the building and entered a nearby cemetery, where he was detained.


Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News,