Saturday, February 2, 2008

Deaf phone network caused prank 911 call

About two dozen police officers, including a helicopter crew and dog handlers, responded to a false 911 call placed through the Internet to report someone shot in San Diego last August.

Police said it appeared that someone used the Internet to access a nationwide phone system for the deaf, which in turn made a 911 call. Officers, told that a wounded victim was in a yard and the shooter was in a home, sped to the scene with emergency lights and sirens.

They used dogs to search the house but found only an old, unused shotgun under a bed. A 12-year-old boy at the house told police he has been the victim of other pranks by children from school who have ordered pizzas and taxis to his home. (info from San Diego Union-Tribune)

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