Plenty of people were skeptical Tuesday when, following a chase through Washington, D.C., that ended in a car crash and three arrests, police confirmed to reporters that they had recovered a machine gun that had been tossed from the would-be getaway car.

Full disclosure: we were skeptical too. Far too many people use terms like “machine gun” to describe semi-automatic rifles like the AR-15, a fully legal weapon which reporters gobbled up after the Pulse nightclub terror attack to show how easy it was to purchase. But a full-auto pistol? That’s 50 shades of illegal.

However, reporters stood by their sources, and D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier confirmed that a MAC-11 machine gun was recovered in a tunnel.

The Washington Post, however, reported that the MAC-11 was a semi-automatic weapon “which resembles a machine pistol.”

Emily Miller, senior political correspondent at One America News, on Wednesday night tweeted that she (and, well, just about everyone else) was right to be skeptical.

ABC7 took a lot of flak (no pun intended) for its initial report that the suspects were in possession of a machine gun but referred critics to the police chief’s statement.

Miller apologized to Korff yesterday for not having the facts, but it looks like the facts changed. So, was it just a case of the police not knowing what they had in their hands?

It’s actually kind of remarkable just how little play this story received from the major news outlets. Whether the weapon was full-auto or not, three suspects shot at police during a car chase through D.C. Now might be a good time to mention that those three suspects, according to the police report, were between ages 18 and 20:

  • 19-year-old Keyante Edwards, of Southwest, DC for Assault on a Police Officer (Aggravated Assault), Carrying Pistol Without a License, Discharging Firearms, Presence in a Motor Vehicle Containing a Firearm, and Unlawful Entry.
  • 18-year-old Alpha Jalloh, of Southwest, DC, for Fleeing from a Law Enforcement Officer in a Motor Vehicle, Reckless Driving, Presence in a Motor Vehicle Containing a Firearm, and Resisting Arrest.
  • 20-year-old Keith Jones, of Southeast, DC, for Presence in a Motor Vehicle Containing a Firearm, and Resisting Arrest.

Really? Yes, really, according to Matt Yurus of WUSA.

We don’t know what to believe anymore.