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“Stormtrooper Sam” In Salina

KSAL Staff - June 30, 2014 10:05 pm

Christopher Burns of Salina in character as Stormtrooper Sam. Photo courtesy of Chris  Burns

Christopher Burns of Salina in character as Stormtrooper Sam. Photo courtesy of Chris Burns

Christopher Burns spends most of his working day as an area manger for Jimmy John’s Restaurant – but give him 6-seconds and he’ll make you laugh as Stormtrooper Sam.

The movie maker who posts his work on Vine Video caught the attention of Salina Police yesterday after a customer at a downtown business got a little nervous with his Star Wars getup and plastic gun.

Burns tells KSAL News that he was a little surprised at the reaction, “Star Wars is such an iconic image, I was a little bit surprised that someone would see a Stormtrooper and fear when you know it’s been around since the 70′s,” he said.

Multiple police officers responded to the 100 Block of South 7th Street at around 1:00 in the afternoon Monday to the report of a possibly armed man.

A business owner was working with a veteran, when they noticed outside their window a man carrying a gun. The veteran thought that the gun might be an AK-47 rifle, and the business owner called police.

Police counseled the film makers on the potential consequences of their actions in public, urged them to be responsible, and let them go.

Burns tells KSAL News that his brush with police over the plastic gun and costume was educational, “They were really cool and as soon as I told them what I was doing they were really nice about it,” he said.

Captain Mike Sweeney reiterated to members of the media Tuesday morning that open carry of a firearm in public is legal, “But you’re going to draw our attention to find out what you are doing,” he said.

Burns added he plans on releasing his latest four-pack of videos over the next week.

Stormtrooper Sam online: https://twitter.com/SamStormtrooper

Original Story:

There was a disturbance in “the force” in Downtown Salina Monday afternoon. A man dressed as a Star Wars Stormtrooper, complete with gun, prompted a brief lock down of a downtown business.

Multiple police officers responded to the 100 Block of South 7th Street at around 1:00 in the afternoon to the report of a possibly armed man. A business owner was working with a veteran, when they noticed outside their window a man carrying a gun. The veteran thought that the gun might be an AK-47 rifle, and the business owner called police.

The business was advised to go into lock down as multiple officers responded to the area. 

Police tell KSAL News that it turned out to be an honest mistake, and there was no danger.

While a person was visiting an attorney’s office in the area, a friend outside dressed in a full Star Wars Stormtrooper costume was shooting video for a website. The storm trooper was carrying a harmless, plastic gun.

Police counseled the film makers on the potential consequences of their actions in public, urged them to be responsible, and let them go.

Police identify the Storm Trooper as 27-year-old Christopher Burns of Salina. Brown tells KSAL News that he goes by the persona of “Stormtrooper Sam”, and makes short videos on the Vine website.

Stormtrooper Sam walks along South 7th Street Monday afternoon.

Stormtrooper Sam walks along South 7th Street Monday afternoon.

Elizabeth Garcia

July 1, 2014 at 6:30 am

Phew….. I’ll never b in fear of storm troopers taking over downtown Salina. Salina PD is a joke

J Man Thackdaddy

July 1, 2014 at 9:00 am

It was an honest mistake by a business owner. The police have to check on the call especially if there is an ‘ak-47′ that a guy is just walking around with.

Anita Mann

July 1, 2014 at 10:05 am

Isn’t it a sad commentary on today’s society that instead of seeing what was going on “multiple officers” had to swarm the area?

David Towne

July 1, 2014 at 11:54 am

I am embarassed to admit I use to live in Salina, when stories like this surface. LOL I think the manager at that travel agent was way to deep in the Star Wars universe that he/she actually thought there was a threat here. LOL

Chris Trostle

July 1, 2014 at 12:01 pm

I, for one, am happy to see the Salina Police Department willing to put their life on the line. The Dark Side is a formidable opponent, and our local police department, despite the odds, tackled evil head on!..

Chris Trostle

July 1, 2014 at 12:05 pm

On a more serious note; PD got a call, and responded, as they should. A concerned citizen, albeit skittish, reported a person they were concerned about (which is why the report system is in place), and PD apparently didn’t hassle the gentleman, which is to be applauded. This is just good, funny, news.

James Lowe

July 1, 2014 at 1:14 pm

Lockdown in Salina, why does everything have to be discussed ahead of time with the Salina PD. Last I knew Kansas was not a police state but apparently Salina is for some reason. Jeez, lighten up already.

Dale Doback

July 1, 2014 at 4:15 pm

Thanks a lot obama.

Billy Haynes Jr

July 4, 2014 at 10:05 am

So what if he was armed with a real AK47? The ignorant uninformed anti-gun crowd can kiss my rear. I live in NC and go to KS once a year to hunt coyote and shoot prairie dogs. The big city liberals will screw KS up just like they did in CA, CO, NY, ect, ect….

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