The gun was fake but the ensuing arrest was very real.
Oregon State Police arrested Kristopher Cromwell, 24, after he allegedly pointed a toy gun out of a car window toward passing motorists on Interstate 84 near Boardman Thursday.
A driver first reported the incident around 2:24 p.m., believing the gun to be real.
After the Morrow County Sheriffs Office, the Boardman Police Department and Oregon State Police responded to the call, a sheriffs vehicle pulled over a car containing five men at mile marker 161.
Authorities closed the interstate for 20 to 25 minutes as they detained the five men in the car and secured the scene.
Oregon State trooper John Lombardi said after they searched the car, they found a realistic toy gun that had been painted black.
It would have gotten my attention, said Morrow County Sheriff Ken Matlack, who was at the scene.
Troopers identified Cromwell as the alleged toy gun wielder and arrested him for menacing while releasing the other four men.
When Lombardi asked why he pointed the toy out of the rear passenger window, Cromwell said he did not point it at people but was instead aiming at trees, buildings and other inanimate objects.