Miami Springs Police responded to a hoax call on Sunday, Aug. 24 around 5 p.m. and the threat was serious enough to warrant bringing in backup from several agencies.
The caller said that he had shot someone inside a home in the 200 block of Reinette Drive, he was holding hostages and had a bomb.
Not knowing what was really going on inside the house, the command staff asked for backup officers from Virginia Gardens, Hialeah and Miami-Dade County. Miami-Dade also sent fire engines and rescue units along with the bomb squad.
Unlike action films, police couldn’t approach the house or even evacuate neighbors because if the threat was real, people could have been hurt or killed.
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Patrol cars blocked off every nearby alley and street as a precaution and kept curious civilians and the media away with crime scene tape.
After about an hour, police were able to contact the homeowner, who wasn’t home. After determining that the call was a hoax, only a dog was found inside the house.
The hoax call was a serious matter, causing response from several law enforcement agencies, firefighters and paramedics.
Three different police agencies are investigating the hoax call and others received that are similar, so details are unavailable.