Phony 9-1-1 Call Leads to Arrest

October 18, 2010 Updated Oct 18, 2010 at 4:39 PM EDT

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Phony 9-1-1 Call Leads to Arrest

October 18, 2010 Updated Oct 18, 2010 at 4:39 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Police have arrested 25-year-old Michael Kemp of Buffalo for making a fake call to 9-1-1 in an attempt to lure police away from an apparent drug deal.

The incident happened Sunday afternoon just before 3:30 p.m. at a deli on Ontario Street, where police say they observed an illegal drug sale.
A few minutes later, a 9-1-1 call was dispatched, reporting a shooting at Riverside Park.

Officers outside the deli anticipated that the call may be an attempt to lure them away so they allowed other officers to check what turned out to be a fake call at Riverside Park.

Officers then entered the deli, believing the fake call was made by the drug dealers inside. Upon entry, police found Kemp to be in possession of a cell phone. After back-checking the cell phone number, a 9-1-1 dispatcher confirmed the phony shooting call came from the phone found in Kemp's possession.

Kemp has been charged with Falsely Reporting an Incident, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance.