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Bird collector gets into shoot-out after threatening cops with toy gun

Springdale Police Department

Rainbow Kilo Rasphoumy seen in booking photo.

An Arkansas man with a toy gun got into a real altercation Wednesday with police outside of a Wal-Mart — and cops later found his van held a veritable menagerie of various birds.

The bizarre unfolding of events began shortly before 8:00 am, when police in Springdale, Ark., received a call reporting a suspicious vehicle.

The caller stated that her uncle, identified as Rainbow Kilo Rasphoumy, 40 of Huntsville, often came to her home and bothered her, according to the Springdale Police Department. She also noted that she believed Rasphoumy to be mentally ill, cops said.

When police located the vehicle and signaled it to pull over, the suspect stopped in a Wal-Mart parking lot and got out of his van — but refused to cooperate with police, said Springdale PD Captain Mike Peters.

After attempting to hit officers with a plastic flute, police tasered Rasphoumy, who was not disabled by the stun gun.

Rasphoumy then pulled out what police now know was a plastic gun, and pointed in the direction of the officers, who then fired seven real shots at him.

None of the bullets hit Rasphoumy, who then locked himself in his van. 

According to Peters, that is when a SWAT team and negotiators were called to the scene. After pleading with Rasphoumy for 45 minutes, Rasphoumy left his vehicle and was arrested and taken into custody by police. 

In the van, officers recovered the toy gun — along with three parakeets, three chickens, and two ducks. 

“It was a little strange, not something you see every day,” said Peters.

While the criminal investigation into Rhasphoumy’s actions is still ongoing, he has been charged with aggravated assault, assault in the first degree, and resisting arrest and was being held in custody Wednesday night.