Small plan crashes – In March 2012 two small planes collided in the skies over Longmont (Colo.), and both then crashed. Two men in one plan were killed, but a woman flying the second airplane survived. The two separate crash scenes generated separate 911 calls.
Amber Alert – In March 2012 a Cleveland (Ohio) woman dialed 911 to say she saw a man and child profiled in an Amber Alert. The child had been taken about 24 hours earlier by someone known to the family, but the motive for the abduction is unclear. Police arrived during the 911 call and recovered the 4 year-old child and arrested the man.
Interstate accident – In March 2012 a big-rig crashed into a stopped van on I-94 near Raymond (Wisc.), killing one man and injuring several others. Six people dialed 911 to report the incident.
DUI caller – In March 2012 a 15 year-old dialed 911 in Oxford (Iowa) to report he was in a car being driven by his drunken mother, and wanted police to intervene. Lori Anne Becicka was audible in the background of the call. She eventually pulled over into a parking lot where a Johnson County sheriff’s deputy was parked, and was arrested (.235 BA).
Child with gun – In April 2012 a 15 year-old autistic boy in Magna (Utah) took his father’s gun and bullet-resistant vest and left the house as his mother dialed 911 for police. The boy fired at arriving officers, and about 30 minutes later was shot and killed by officers as he fired at them.
Courthouse shooting – In April 2012 a man entered the Grays Harbor (Wash.) courthouse, stabbed a judge and shot a correctional officer before escaping. Two people dialed 911 for help from the courthouse.
Murder-suicide – In April 2012 a 19 year-old Livonia (Mich.) man killed his ex-girlfriend’s then-boyfriend, then fatally shot himself. Desiree Staperfene dialed 911 to report the incident, not realizing that Brian White had also killed her mother in another room. White held Staperfene hostage after killing her boyfriend, and then shot himself.
Murder – In April 2012 a man entered a Brooklyn (Ohio) restaurant and shot and killed his wife and wounded his 10 year-old daughter. Kevin Allen was shot and killed by police when they confronted him inside the Cracker Barrel. Also listen to the 911 call made by the female victim and a witness.
Pursuit & shooting – In April 2012 a 911 caller reported a suspicious man at the rear of a nursing home in Somerset County (Md.), but the man fled in a vehicle when state police arrived. After an 18-minute chase the man was fatally shot by troopers when the suspect’s vehicle went off-road and became stuck in the mud.
Pursuit – In April 2012 a suicidal man was being pursued by police when he dialed 911 and reached Allegan County (Mich.) Central Dispatch dispatcher Tammy Gane, who was able to convince the man to pull over. At one point the man was driving 80 mph.
Shooting – In April 2012 a man in Sunset Beach (NC) dialed 911 to report, his ex-wife had shot herself. Brandon Tysinger said he arrived to drop off his 4 year-old daughter, heard a shot and ran inside to find his ex-wife injured.
Murder – In April 2012 a Mason County (Wash.) man dialed 911 to say he fatally shot his wife in a mercy killing. Christopher Thorson dialed 911 and talked to a dispatcher for 8 minutes until officers arrived. He later admitted that he shot his wife after an argument.
Murders – In April 2012 a judge ordered the release of the logging tape of a 911 call made by a Chicago woman who discovered he family members had been murdered. William Balfour is charged with the murder of singer Jennifer Hudson’s mother and two others.
Murders – In May 2012 a 27 year-old man shot his mother, father and brother in Dalton (Geo.), then fled. The mother was able to walk to a neighbor’s house, where the resident dialed 911. The father and son were killed. Also listen to an earlier 911 call made by a neighbor who heard gunfire.
Murder – In May 2012 a man shot and killed his ex-girlfriend in Jessup (Iowa), and then fatally shot himself. Just as the suspect drove to the woman’s house, her then-boyfriend dialed 911 to report the incident, and described what was happening. Gunshots are audible on the logging tape.
Murder – In Sept. 2010 a 14 year-old boy was caught in gunfire during a dispute in Jacksonville (Fla.). In May 2012 the judge released the logging tape of a 911 call made in response to the incident.
Fatal fire – In May 2012 a woman and her two toddler children died in an apartment fire. The woman’s mother managed to escape the fire in Midwest City (Okla.) and dial 911 for help.
Murder – In May 2012 a 22 year-old man allegedly beat his father to death during a psychotic episode, and then fled. Aaron Ramsey’s mother arrived home shortly after and discovered her husband’s body, and dialed 911.
Murders – In May 2012 a man in Gilbert (Ariz.) shot and killed his girlfriend Lisa Mederos, her 23 year-old daughter, the daughter’s 15 month-old daughter, and the daughter’s boyfriend. Mederos’ 19 year-old daughter was unhurt and dialed 911 from inside the house to report the incident. A neighbor also dialed 911, and a dispatcher called the man back to obtain information about what he saw.
Murder – In March 2012 a man in Todd (NC) shot and killed his roommate. Thomas Laing dialed 911 and talked to a Watauga County sheriff’s dispatcher for about 15 minutes, saying the roommate was violent and trying to break into the house where they both lived.
Home invasion – In May 2012 a suspect broke into a Sandy (Utah) home while the 11 year-old resident was there alone. After confronting the suspect, the girl ran to a neighbor’s house, where the neighbor dialed 911 and gave the phone to the girl. The suspect fled before police arrived.
Murders – In March 2012 a man shot and killed the manager of a DeLand (Fla.) restaurant, his girlfriend and then himself. A co-worker found the manager and dialed 911. The suspect was a former restaurant employee who later held his pregnant girlfriend hostage. When police stormed the apartment, they found the couple dead.
Assault – In May 2012 an Ottawa (Canada) man dialed 911 after his apartment house neighbors broke in and assaulted him. During the 13-minute call the calltaker struggled to obtain information from him. When police arrived, one of the suspects claimed the man had sexually assaulted her, so police arrested Marian Andrzejewski, 74 years-old. Police released him without charges 75 days later, and said the 911 call was not handled properly.
Murders-suicide – In May 2012 a Port St. John (Fla.) mother shot and killed her 17 year-old daughter, and her three other teenage children fled the house and went to a neighbor’s home. The neighbor dialed 911, but was confused over what occurred—was the mom the shooter or was one of the children armed? The neighbor didn’t let the children inside, and they returned home where Tonya Thomas shot and killed the other three children who returned home. Brevard County deputies arrived shortly after Thomas killed herself.
Murder – In Oct. 2010 a Bucks County (Penn.) woman dialed 911 and reported she had shot her husband. Dorleen Burklund was on the phone with a dispatcher for 10 minutes as deputies responded. She was convicted in May 2012 and the logging tape of the call was released.
Home invasion shooting – In May 2012 a Winter Haven (Fla.) man heard pounding on his door at 3:55 a.m., and opened the door to find a man forcing his way inside. After a short stand-off, the homeowner fatally shot the man as the intruder was advancing. The Polk County sheriff says the shooting was justified.
Multiple shootings – In June 2012 a man entered a Seattle coffee shop, shot five people and killed four. He left, later carjacked a vehicle and fatally shot the driver. Hours later Ian Stawicki was spotted by an officer, and when cover units moved in to make an arrest, he fatally shot himself. Listen to the logging tapes: 911 from the initial shooting, 911 from the carjacking, radio of the final sighting of the suspect by officers.
Face attack – In June 2012 a Miami (Fla.) man attacked another man on the street, stripping the man naked and eating the flesh off his face. Rudy Eugene was shot and killed by an arriving police officer, and victim Ronald Poppo was seriously injured. Four 911 calls were placed by passersby, some of whom had obscured views of the scene because of a difference in elevation between the roadway and sidewalk where the incident occurred.
Bad sandwich – In June 2012 a man in East Hartford (Conn.) dialed 911 to report that a deli has created his sandwich incorrectly. After some questioning, dispatcher sent a police officer.
Drowning CPR – In June 2012 a Yorkville (Wisc.) family was swimming at a backyard pool when a 3 year-old sank to the bottom of the pool. Someone dialed 911 and Racine County dispatcher Emily Johnson talked the caller through CRP while EMS units responded. The child recovered without injury.
Residential burglary – In June 2012 an 11 year-old was home alone in Hollywood (Fla.) when three teens broke a window and burglarized the house. The child hid beneath a bunk bed with his dog and talked to a dispatcher for 8 minutes until officers arrived, rescued him and arrested the suspects.
Burglary – In June 2012 a Greenville (NC) woman dialed 911 to report two men had broken into her home. She stayed on the line as officers responded, and arriving officers arrested two men.
Accidental dialing – In June 2012 two men were stealing copper and aluminum wire from a Lufkin (Tex.) construction site when one of them accidentally dialed 911. Dispatchers determined the pair’s location and sent officers, who arrested the men as they drove away.
Officer shooting – In June 2012 a man in Sanger (Calif.) dialed 911 and asked for officers to be dispatcher, apparently in an apparent at suicide-by-cop. The man hung up and was later confronted by officers, who did fatally shoot him.