Filming on the set of “Person of Interest” was shut down by police after the New York Police Department was called by concerned citizens who thought the gun battle they saw about to take place was real. Because the scene in question was not filmed with NYPD supervisors on set like it was supposed to be, the police shut down all outdoor production on the CBS drama.
TMZ was told by witnesses that NYC residents saw people with guns around 47th Street and 5th Avenue and thought they were about to be caught in the middle of a shootout. The site confirmed with the Mayor’s Office that the show’s permit was revoked. Sources say that the problem occurred when a “scheduling error” caused “Person of Interest” to start filming earlier than planned, and thus the NYPD monitors weren’t there when it began.
Fortunately indoor Season 3 scenes were not affected by the outdoor production being shut down. Insiders say filming will resume again any day now. No shots were fired while the police weren’t on set.
“Person of Interest” Season 3 is slated to premiere on Sept. 24 at 10 p.m.