PT police: Woman falsely reported shooting

  • By Scott Beveridge February 6, 2013
Peters Township police leave a residence on Justabout Road Wednesday after being called there for a shooting incident that turned out to be a hoax. - Scott Beveridge / Observer-Reporter Order a Print

VENETIA – A Washington woman is facing charges over accusations she telephoned Washington County 911 Wednesday to report a shooting in Peters Township that turned out to be a hoax.

Police from multiple municipalities had surrounded a home at 400 Justabout Road following the 2 p.m. scare before the homeowner returned to the Howard residence and said the woman who placed the call had warned him about creating the fake scare, Peters Township police said. The victim played police a voicemail on his cellphone the suspect left stating she was going to “do this to cause them an inconvenience,” said Peters police Chief Harry Freucht. The call involved a report that an individual had been shot and was bleeding inside the house.

Police from Peters, North Strabane and Cecil townships, Bethel Park and state police were called to the scene, and some officers were armed with assault rifles. Freucht said a Community Emergency Response Team of armed officers was initially called to the scene, but the call was canceled before its officers arrived, police said.

Police were obtaining a warrant to arrest the woman, who was not immediately identified.

By the time police caught up with her Wednesday, she was heavily intoxicated, police said. They will arrest her at a later time.

Scott Beveridge has been with the Observer-Reporter since 1986 after previously working at the Daily Herald in Monongahela. He is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s fine arts and art education programs and Duquesne University’s master of liberal arts program. He is a 2004 World Affairs journalism fellow.


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