False 911 call claims "officer down"

By: Rebekah Pewitt Email
By: Rebekah Pewitt Email

CUMBERLAND, Ky. (WYMT) - The call of "officer down" rang across Eastern Kentucky police scanners Wednesday night, but officers later found out that it was a false 911 call.

“That's the worst phone call that you could ever receive,” said Cumberland Police Officer Silas Whitehead.

Whitehead responds to 911 calls almost every day, but he says he was not prepared for Wednesday night's call.

“The caller had stated to them that there were several assailants that were on one of our officers and had him down,” said Whitehead.

He and other officers responded the call on West Sandhill Road. Whitehead says none of his officers responded on by radio. So he began calling roll.

“I started making phone calls to the chief of police, making sure he was home safe, making sure his cruiser was there. Then I started calling all my officers,” said Whitehead.

It wasn't until all Cumberland police officers had been accounted for, and nearly every inch of west Sandhill's 3 mile road had been searched, that officers determined it was a false call

That's when state police officers say they arrested Angie Wyatt for falsely reporting an incident.

Police say she claimed to call about someone breaking into her home, but neighbors say they do not believe it.

“I heard there was a break in, and like I said I knew that was too many police cars for a break in,” said neighbor Quinton Boggs.

8 police units responded to the call; one that Whitehead says he is glad was not true.

Wyatt is charged with falsely reporting an incident.


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