Online gaming acquaintances of a teenage St. Louis Park boy may be responsible for a prank 911 call that brought police to the boy’s home near Peter Hobart Elementary.
Around 7 p.m., police received a call from a male voice claiming that he was medicated, emotionally unstable and hearing voices telling him to shoot his wife.
The caller said that his wife and children were locked in a bedroom, but that he had access to a loaded shotgun and voices were telling him to shoot everything that walks through the door.
When police arrived, they made contact with the homeowners, who said that everything was fine and that they were getting ready for dinner.After speaking with the homeowner and his teenage son, police believed that the prank call could have been made by people with whom the boy plays online games.
Prank 911 calls can be charged as a misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor for repeat offenses under a new 2013 Minnesota law. If serious injury occurs, they can be charged as felonies.