COEUR d'ALENE - A Kootenai County Sheriff's Office sergeant and deputy responded Tuesday to Les Schwab Tires in Hayden after a 911 caller reported hearing a female screaming and gunshots in the area.
However, when law enforcement personnel arrived at the Commerce Drive store at 4:30 a.m., they didn't encounter gunfire or the aftermath of a violent crime. Instead, they stumbled upon a frequent false 911 caller.
The caller identified himself to the dispatcher as "Richard" and in a "low, monotone voice" began to say he needed to report a shooting.
"But due to the male talking so low, the dispatching interrupts him and asked him 'what is going on,'" the incident report states. "Then the male says 'I heard gunshots and screams over by the Les Schwab in Hayden, Idaho by Wal-Mart.'"
When asked to confirm the address of the store, "Richard" began to stutter and told the dispatcher his phone was "about to die."
"Based on the statements made, the male appears to be in his late teens or early 20s, but his voice inflections don't match those of someone who had just heard someone screaming and then gunshots," the incident report states.
Dispatchers were able to conduct a search of past 911 hang-up calls and determined that nine calls had been made by the same cellphone number.
KCSO has left the incident open to possible investigation for false 911 calls.