A man with a cane caused a brief scare Tuesday afternoon when witnesses reported he was pointing a firearm at passing vehicles, according to Detroit police.

"The call came out as a male on the service drive, pointing a rifle at cars on the freeway," Officer Jennifer Moreno said of the 1:30 p.m. incident at Interstate 75 and Eight Mile.

Michigan State Police assisted Detroit officers with the response, Moreno said. They discovered an unarmed man with a cane.

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