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MOBILE, Ala. – Police in one Alabama city helped stage a man’s arrest so he could kneel down and propose to his terrified girlfriend.

Local news organizations in Mobile report Daiwon McPherson duped his girlfriend, Shawna Blackmon, into thinking he had fled from officers and had a gun. On Friday night, two officers converged on McPherson, Blackmon and their friends standing outside a gas station.

A video shows officers pulled out stun guns and demanded McPherson get on the ground. McPherson followed their orders and held out a ring for Blackmon, who quickly went from being frightened to overjoyed.

Mobile Police Spokesman Terrence Perkins says the officers were holding unloaded stun guns. Police say they made sure the scene was safe by informing all other on-duty officers before the fake call went out.