Multiple agencies respond to standoff near elementary school that turned out to be a prank

A shooting was reported Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021 at Poinsettia and Francais drives.
A shooting was reported Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021 at Poinsettia and Francais drives.(KSLA)
Published: Sep. 8, 2021 at 3:04 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 8, 2021 at 7:42 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Multiple agencies responded to a residence just a few blocks from an elementary school Wednesday afternoon after they received a 911 call indicating someone had shot someone inside the home and was holding another person hostage.

However, it turned out to be a prank. ...

Officials with the Shreveport Police Department say multiple agencies responded, including the fire department, SWAT teams and negotiators.

The situation began around 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8 on Poinsettia Drive near Francais and Crabapple drives. It went on for about an hour before a male juvenile was taken into custody.

Police Sgt. Angie Willhite says the juvenile and his parents have been cooperative. Police also say they do not believe he was the one who placed the initial 911 call.

Police believe the initial 911 call was a prank. Officers did not find anyone shot inside the home, or anyone being held hostage.

Willhite described the situation as a “tremendous waste of time and resources.”

She says they can’t validate that anything mentioned in the 911 call actually took place. She says it’s a common prank that, in this case, thankfully ended well.

“You think it’s cute pranking your friends like this, but you could get them killed.”

Responding officers used a flash bang grenade when they entered the home. Police say the juvenile came out willingly once officers made contact with him.

“This is irresponsible. You should not do it,” Willhite said. “When we find you, we will put you in jail.”

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