Gastonia police are investigating how a man obtained a homemade .22-caliber gun that's disguised as a pen.
"This is the first time in my career that I've actually laid hands on such a type of weapon," said Sgt. Jamey Blalock. "It's just a little bit bigger circumference-wise than a normal, standard writing pen."
Blalock went to the Arbors apartments Tuesday night because a resident thought Timothy Tilson and some friends were doing drugs.
Blalock said Tilson gave officers permission to come inside his apartment, and that's when they saw the pen-gun, sitting on an end table.