Police play dress up as firefighters

March 5, 2009 1:20:25 PM PST
Police in Newport, N.H., say they dressed as firefighters to trick and arrest a man. [SIGN UP: Get bizarre news sent to you]

Police set off a fire alarm to evacuate an apartment building Tuesday night and arrested 34-year-old Matthew Miller when he opened his door.

Earlier, an officer knocked at Miller's door after neighbors complained about loud music. Miller pointed a shotgun at the officer, who talked Miller into setting it down but backed off when he saw weapons and a toddler inside.

Officers returned dressed as firefighters to draw Miller out of his apartment and avoid a standoff. Police say Miller is a convicted felon with a history of violence.

New Hampshire's largest firefighters' union is protesting the disguises.

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