DECATUR — A Decatur man who allegedly called 911 repeatedly and left messages threatening to use firearms and complaining, “How long is it gonna be before I get emergency service?” found himself confronted by patrol officers early Monday and arrested.

The 47-year-old man was booked on a preliminary charge of making false 911 calls. Sworn statements say he had called saying he needed police help to “get his belongings.” and, in a series of six calls, he had then warned, “I'll get my gun” and “Somebody about to get shot” if police didn't come. In a further call, he is accused of acting as if a victim had been shot.

When police arrived in the 1900 block of East William Street at 7:14 a.m, they said they had their dispatchers call the number back, and the phone the suspect had with him rang. The statements said he then admitted making the calls but denied saying he had a gun or was going to shoot anyone. Police said they have a taped record of all the calls.

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