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Man calls 911, lies about being shot to get faster response time, report says

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(CBS) SIMI VALLEY, Calif. - Authorities say a California man called 911 to falsely report he was shot so that police would respond to his home over a marital dispute in a timely fashion, reports CBS Los Angeles.

Police say Herbert Alvaranga called 911 around 6 p.m. Friday saying he was shot and had barricaded himself inside the bathroom of his home in Simi Valley.

Officials said Alvaranga hung up the phone before he could be questioned, reports the station.

Simi Valley Police said they responded to the emergency "with the highest regard for the safety of the public and our mission of preserving life." However, arriving officers determined Alvaranga had not been shot and instead was involved in a marital dispute and lied to 911 to get the police to make his call a priority.

Alvaranga reportedly admitted he fabricated his story. He was arrested for falsely reporting an emergency.

  • Stephanie Slifer

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