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False 911 Call Leads to Arrest

False 911 Call Leads to Arrest ​On April 16, 2019, at approximately 7:45 pm, the Halton Regional Police Service received a call to attend an address on Walkers Line in Burlington. Information from the caller stated a female had been shot at the residence. A large emergency response (including police and EMS) was coordinated and attended the address. Investigation found the allegation that a female was shot, to be false. Zach Gerdes (27) of Burlington, was arrested at the scene and charged with the following: -Public Mischief -Convey False Message It is alleged that the 911 call was made by Gerdes to expedite police response to a separate report in regards to missing property. Police would like to remind the public that 911 is only to 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. ​Please be reminded that all persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


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