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10-year dispatcher veteran recalls craziest call ever received

Here’s an example from the annals of “you can’t make this stuff up”


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I was a 911 Operator (call taker, not dispatcher) in a major city for 10 years, and I accumulated a collection of the “best” calls during that time.

As an example (and yes, this was a real call) from the annals of “you can’t make this stuff up,” here’s one of the crazier calls I received:

911: What is the location of your emergency?

Caller: [gives address, phone number, etc. - redacted]

911: What is going on there?

Caller: I just shot someone ....

911: Are they alive; do they need paramedics?

Caller: I don’t know!

911: Where are they?

Caller: In the closet.

911: Who did you shoot?

Caller: I don’t know.

911: Male or female, and about what age? [Knowing Fire are going to ask me this]

Caller: I don’t know.

911: Where [in the body] did you shoot them?

Caller: I don’t know.

911: Can you look in the closet and see?

Caller: I’ll leave that to you guys when you get here ....

This is followed by having the caller place the weapon in a safe place and open the door for police, then I disconnected. I got the part of the story later from the dispatchers:

The man comes home from work two hours early and walks in the house ... no signs of his wife. He walks into the bedroom and there is his wife, naked in the bed, and he hears a sound from the closet. Long story short, he fires three rounds through the door of the closet, and blood starts running from under the door, so he calls 911.

From the disposition on the call:

Officers opened the closet door and found a naked male with a gunshot wound to the left thigh (through a closed door, that was pretty good shooting, he wasn’t far off the mark). The caller was charged with discharging a weapon within city limits; the shooting victim declined to press charges!.

As for the victim and the wife, maybe next time they’ll think before they cheat ...

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