A shirtless man and an ill-placed tattoo resulted in armed officers responding to a home in a small Maine town Tuesday morning.

According to the Kennebec Journal, Michael Smith of Norridgewock was awakened by a tree removal company on his property and walked out shirtless to request they leave.

That’s when the workers thought they spotted a gun.

Technically, their eyes did not fool them. There was a gun — it just happened to be tattooed on Smith’s belly.

Norridgewock resident Michael Smith stands beside a Somerset County sheriff’s deputy Tuesday morning. (Dave Leaming/ Morning Sentinel)

Norridgewock resident Michael Smith stands beside a Somerset County sheriff’s deputy Tuesday morning. (Dave Leaming/ Morning Sentinel)

No charges will ultimately be filed against Smith, who also appeared to have Nazi-like symbols tattooed on his left arm.

But, officers with the Maine State Police did immediately respond to the scene, where they ordered Smith with a megaphone to come out of his house. Multiple officers lined his driveway with their weapons drawn, the newspaper reported.

“Obviously it was a misunderstanding and he didn’t have a weapon, but we had to respond to the initial report as if he did,” Maine State Police Trooper Scott Duff said. “We take all precautions when we don’t have the details.”

“Obviously it was a misunderstanding and he didn’t have a weapon…”
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“I got plans today. I didn’t want to get shot,” Smith later added to the newspaper.

This story had been updated. 

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