An off-duty NYPD detective shot two would-be robbers after they brandished a toy gun at him while he was walking his dog in Rockaway yesterday. While the officer was strolling near Beach 27th Street at around 6:30 p.m., four men approached him and threatened him with the fake gun. The detective identified himself, but the crew insisted on trying to rob him. "There was a struggle and he let go some rounds," a police source tells the Post. Three were later caught, and the fourth walked into the hospital with gunshot wounds.

The Post leads with "Never bring a toy to a gunfight," but the assailants were hit in the arm, foot, and the chin with the detective's shots, suggesting that the story may not have been as HILARIOUS if the bullet struck higher.