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911 prank call leads to five hour standoff with the police

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Posted: Thursday, March 7, 2013 12:15 am | Updated: 12:29 am, Thu Mar 7, 2013.

Macomb Police Chief Curt Barker: "Following an investigation, police have concluded the 911 call for 509 W. Murray St. was a prank phone call. The tenants at the residence were not responsible for the phone call. Police are investigating the incident and are working to locate the owner of the phone from which the 911 call originated. At the time of the call, police sealed Murray Street and later evacuated nearby homes for the safety of others because the initial 911 call indicated an individual with a firearm within the residence. All 911 calls are taken seriously and the police did not wish to take chances, particularly when a call involved a possible firearm. After repeated phone calls and knocks at the door, the Illinois State Police Tactical Response team sent a robot into the home, and it was discovered that no one was present in the residence. Murray Street has been reopened and nearby residents have been allowed to return to their homes. Macomb Police will release further information when the investigation concludes."



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