(NNPA)—Los Angeles Angels outfielder Torii Hunter was shaken but unharmed after two police officers entered his Newport, Calif. home April 4 to investigate a security alarm and drew their weapons on him.
According to the Associated Press, Hunter had just returned home from the Angels’ final exhibition game against the Dodgers when he mistakenly triggered a security alarm.
|SHAKEN BUT UNHARMED—Hunter hits a single to score two runs against the Los AngelesDodgers April 2, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jeff Lewis)
A short time later, two Newport police officers entered his home and escorted the athlete upstairs so he could retrieve his identification.
“I saw the cops and turned around and they had their guns out, saying, ‘Show me your hands!’” Hunter told ESPN. “I’m like, ‘All right, I’m cool.’ I had a pistol upstairs. I’m a licensed gun owner. I’m glad I didn’t get it, because I could have been shot. What would have happened if I went out there?”
Hunter said he was alone in his home because his wife was out of town. Dispatchers reportedly called his spouse but didn’t receive an answer. Hunter said the officers also questioned him.
“After a while, the guy told me, ‘I’m a big Angels fan. I watch you all the time,” he tweeted. “I’m like, ‘Come on, man.’”
The athlete explained on Twitter that the officers didn’t believe he lived in Newport, which prompted them to ask for identification. According to TMZ, one of Hunter’s teammates replied with a tweet that read, “That’s racist.”
Hunter responded, “Lol…Now you know I can’t say that.”