Phoenix PD investigating after hoax 'officer down' call on police radio
Police swarmed an area where a suspected prankster broadcast an officer was shot
By Police1 Staff
PHOENIX — Police responded to calls of an officer down over their radio April 13 but found there was no officer-involved shooting at the reported scene, AZ Central reported.
A voice that is believed to be female said over police radio “officer down 51st avenue and Camelback.” Police are unsure whether it was an anonymous person or a dispatcher repeating a call. The woman did not mention codes for an officer needing help or an officer-involved shooting.
Dozens of police and a patrol helicopter responded to the scene but there was nothing that indicated a shooting had taken place. Officers searched nearby roads and bushes.
Police spokesperson Sgt. Trent Crump said the incident was a hoax. The department was checking for any lost or stolen radios.