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Man warned about 'fun' way of eliminating wasps

Wasps nest

A 55-year-old maintenance man learned the hard way that shooting at wasps nests isn't the best way to remove the pests.

Rochester police were called about 6:20 a.m. Sunday to the 1400 block of Fourth Avenue Southeast after callers reported a man with a handgun in the area "who might be firing it into the air," said Lt. Jim Evenson.

When officers arrived, they saw a man standing near a storage shed, holding what appeared to be a semi-automatic pistol, the report says. He was ordered to the ground at gunpoint and told to drop his weapon; he hesitated before complying, Evenson said.

Once he was on the ground, it was discovered the weapon was actually an Airsoft gun. The suspect told the officers he was a maintenance man at the apartment complex, and was shooting at wasps nests under the eave of the building.

The man said it was "more fun" than using wasp spray.


No citation was issued, Evenson said, because the officers felt the incident was "best handled with a warning."

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