Newsday's new all-encompassing baseball blog on the Yankees, Mets, MLB and more from around the sport.
BloggersErik Boland Marc Carig Cody Derespina Nick Klopsis Mark La Monica David Lennon Casey Musarra Anthony Rieber
Torii Hunter: Cops drew their guns on me
Torii Hunter found out his home security system worked. The hard way.
In a stream of tweets sent out from his verified account Wednesday evening, the Los Angeles Angels outfielder described an unsettling situation that occurred after an alarm accidentally went off in his Newport Beach residence and the police responded. Hunter tweeted that after he walked outside to speak to the officers, the police, with guns drawn, walked him upstairs so he could get ID to verify he lived in the house.
“My alarm went off in my house while I was in it,” he tweeted. “20mins later I saw cops checking out the scene. Went outside and they drew there guns on me.”
He initially tweeted the officers had him at gunpoint, but later clarified that the cops had their weapons drawn but “pointed downward in for safety.”
“Those guys handled the situation like trained cops.”
Hunter tweeted that one of the officers told him he was a fan of the Angels and “hope u guys have a great season. ARE U KIDDING ME!!!!!! Lol.”
ESPN reported that Newport Beach police spokeswoman Kathy Lowe confirmed that officers responded to an alarm at Hunter's house.
“Responding officers contacted the resident and confirmed that the alarm was unfounded,” Lowe said in an e-mail. “I have no further details at this time.”
But Hunter, who hit .262 with 23 home runs last season, apparently took the situation in stride, tweeting “My security system really works twitterland!!!!”