WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Arnthia Willis, a 58-year-old mother, was arrested after pranking her daughter that she got shot.
- Her daughter called for an emergency response but the responding authorities did not find any irregularity at their home.
- Police lieutenant Ronald Hunt said that the incident can be considered a “swatting call.”
A mother from Wichita, Kansas was arrested after making an April Fools’ prank on her daughter. Emergency response officers had to be sent to their home following her SMS that she got shot.
According to Wichita Eagle, 58-year-old woman Arnthia Willis was arrested in the Wichita suburb of Derby on Thursday for an alleged unlawful request for emergency assistance.
Speaking with the reporters on Thursday, police Lieutenant Ronald Hunt said that officers were alerted to a reported shooting about 8:30 in the morning at the city’s northeastern part.
“Multiple police units, probably between 15 to 20 officers from the Wichita Police Department as well as fire department and EMS responded to the scene,” he said.
Since the cops were unable to make contact with anybody inside the residence, they destroyed the front door and searched the house, per the outlet. The house was empty, with no signs of any chaos.
Later on, authorities found out that Willis just made a joke on her daughter while she was working in her office. In a text she sent, she said that she got shot and then intentionally ended the conversation.
Alarmed, Willis’ daughter called an emergency response so a team was deployed to their home to respond to the incident, per the ABC-affiliated KAKE TV station report.
“Through further investigation, we learned that this was an April Fools’ joke played on the daughter by the mother,” Hunt said.
“April Fools’ can be a good, funny little joke in some circumstances,” the lieutenant said, arguing that this kind of joke is uncalled for, especially when it would involve the police. “This is a situation that is very dangerous,” he continued.
The incident could be treated as a “swatting call.” In this particular instance, a caller would reach out to 911 and make a false emergency report that would cause a response team to go to the reported place of the incident. Those prank calls have resulted in wrongful arrests and even casualties.