Police from multiple departments responded to an active shooter 911 call only to find out that it was an April Fool’s joke, according to The Blaze.
An employee of the Navistar manufacturing plant told her sister that a former employee had returned to the plant with a gun.
“Basically she had called her sister and said something to the effect of a guy was fired yesterday and has come back in with a gun. We are all hiding in a locked office and asked her to call the police,” said Clark County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Chris Clark.
The sister not realizing it was a joke immediately called the emergency hotline to make an urgent report.
Police arrived at the plant within 2 minutes of receiving the call.
Deputies performed a sweep of the plant and found no threat.
“Everyone was completely fine,” Clark said.
Pamela Sisco, 57, of New Carlisle was arrested for allegedly making the prank call.
Sisco will be charged with inducing panic and disrupting public service.
“There was a lot of resources that we used today and put in place today all over a stupid April Fools’ joke,” said Clark.
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Navistar representatives told the Springfield News-Sun that the employee had been suspended and that they were cooperating with the investigation.
A similar incident unfolded in Wichita, Kansas, when a 58-year-old woman called her daughter to tell her she had been shot. Police rushed to the home but were unable to find a victim of a gunshot.
They later discovered that the call had been an April Fools’ prank. The mom was arrested and charged with unlawful request for emergency service assistance.