“Multiple police units, probably between 15-20 officers from the Wichita Police Department as well as fire department and EMS responded to the scene,” Wichita police Lt. Ronald Hunt said after the daughter called 911 to report the “shooting” — unaware it was a gag.
Authorities arrived, surrounding the Wichita home and blocking off nearby streets. Officers with guns drawn then broke down the door when no one responded, Hunt said. The home was empty.
The woman, identified as Arnthia Willis, 58, was at work at the time. She was arrested Thursday on suspicion of unlawful request for emergency service assistance, police said.
Arnthia Willis, 58, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of unlawful request for emergency service assistance, police said. (Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office)
“April Fools’ can be a good, funny little joke in some circumstances” but when it leads to a police response “it’s not funny anymore,” Hunt said.
Another woman was arrested in Ohio last week when she texted her daughter as an April Fools’ joke that an active shooter was at the plant where she worked.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.