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Sheriff investigates fake 911 call

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Posted: Friday, November 8, 2013 12:00 am

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.

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  • budlight posted at 3:55 pm on Fri, Nov 8, 2013.

    budlight Posts: 23

    The cops using their brains? noooo way, not in cda anyhows!

  • skunkworks posted at 11:55 am on Fri, Nov 8, 2013.

    skunkworks Posts: 252

    I Agree RC..
    It would not be the First Time..Look for a Pattern starting to appear (If Any) that should give the P/D a Starting Point..

  • Rogue Cop posted at 9:46 am on Fri, Nov 8, 2013.

    Rogue Cop Posts: 2371

    They should be wary of an ambush. He may be placing calls to time the response and to determine how many cops show up to various scenarios, OR to commit a crime in another part of the city while a bunch of coppers are responding to one of his fake calls. Word.

  • JonUSMC posted at 8:32 am on Fri, Nov 8, 2013.

    JonUSMC Posts: 98

    They should force him to work at the dispatch center for a few weeks handling 911 calls and see how funny it is then.

  • oscar posted at 7:22 am on Fri, Nov 8, 2013.

    oscar Posts: 1671

    I hope KCSO continues to put effort into finding this individual who is wasting valuable resources and possibly putting others into danger when officers race to the scene. Teach this guy another way to get his kicks.

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