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Woman Charged After False Gun Call Ties Up Police Resources

February 14, 2019 12:44 PM | News

Winnipeg Police Crest

An 18-year-old woman has been charged after Winnipeg police spent four and a half hours responding to a fabricated gun call.

Police say they received a call on February 7 about an armed man in a suite in the 300 block of Blake Street. The caller told police the man had banged on her apartment door and asked her to help hide his gun and some drugs in her suite.

Police say the woman gave them descriptions about the rifle, the suspect and her interactions with them, all of which were false. She also told police that the man was in a neighbouring suite, causing a significant emergency response.

Five tactical support teams were deployed, as well as a K9 unit, six general patrol units, a tactical emergency medical services team, a robot, a police incident supervisor, a Winnipeg police emergency dispatcher, and various personnel from the Province of Manitoba.

The woman was arrested Wednesday and charged with public mischief. She was released on a promise to appear.

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