Burlington man reports fake shooting to police after cellphone stolen

A Burlington man is facing charges after he allegedly made a fake 911 call about a woman being shot in the head.

The call came into Halton Regional Police Service around 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday.

The caller said a woman had been shot in the head at a home on Walkers Line in Burlington.

Officers and paramedics responded to the scene and found the report to be false.

A 27-year-old man was arrested and charged with public mischief and conveying a false message.

Police allege the man made the 911 call in order to speed up the response to his report earlier in the day of a missing cellphone.

Halton police are reminding the public that 911 should only be used in an emergency. “It is a criminal offence to make a false 911 call and such hoaxes divert first responders from actual emergencies,” said Halton police in a news release.


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