Murder confession – In March 2013 a Salem (Utah) man dialed 911 and spoke to a Salem dispatcher, confessing that he had fatally shot his wife. Police arrived and after some negotiations, the man surrendered.
Baby delivery – In April 2013 a couple pulled to the side of a rural road in Macomb County (Mich.) and delivered their premature baby. However, the baby was not breathing, so the new father flagged down a passing motorist, a 21 year-old criminal justice student at a community college. Ryan Cornelissen dialed 911 and reached dispatcher Steven Kuluk, who gave him CPR instructions. The baby revived, but was hospitalized because of her premature status.
Hostage escape Call #2– In Feb. 2013 wanted person Christopher Dorner left a San Bernardino County (S. Calif.) home, where he had been holding a couple hostage for several hours. Dorner was an ex-Los Angeles police officer and was wanted for the murder of three people in a complicated vendetta against LAPD. After Dorner left, the female victim dialed 911 for help.
Murder-suicide – In April 2013 a woman in Newaygo County (Mich.) dialed 911 to say her husband had a gun. Deputies arrived to find the woman and her 37 year-old son dead. They also found Charles Hoover dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. (partial tape)
Burglar shot – In April 2013 the owner of a towing company slept in his business one night after a previous burglary. He was awakened by the front door being kicked in and saw a person entering. He fired several shots from a .22-cal. handgun at the burglar and then dialed 911.
Road rage murder – In Feb. 2012 two motorists were involved in a dispute and a window was broken. One man drove from Denver, across the city line and three blocks into Lakewood, then dialed 911. The calltaker said he must return to to Denver to make a report. The man did so, and when he arrived back near the original scene in Denver, the other motorist drove by firing a handgun. One man in the other car was killed. The incident was captured on the 911 call logging tape. The victim’s family has filed a lawsuit.
Boston bombing – On April 15, 2013 someone placed two explosive devices on the sidewalk near the finish of the Boston Marathon. The explosion killed three people and injured over 120. The first 17 minutes of the police department channel were recorded by a scannerist.
Industrial explosion – On April 17, 2013 a fire at a fertilizer factory in West (Tex.) caused a massive explosion, killing 15 people and injuring over 200. Scores of 911 calls were made to the McLennan County 911 center.
Mall shooting – On April 12, 2013 a man began shooting a shotgun at the New River Valley Mall (Virg.), killing two women. Several people dialed 911 for help. The gunman was confronted by officers and arrested.
Dorner Shoot-Out – In April 2013 the San Bernardino County (Calif.) sheriff released 12 hours of radio traffic logging tapes that encompassed the Christopher Dorner shoot-out in the mountains east of Los Angeles. This is a snippet from the very first sighting of Dormer, through to when deputies were shot.
Murder-suicide – In Jan. 2013 an off-duty Las Vegas Metro Police lieutenant shot and killed his wife and 5 year-old son, then set fire to the house. Hans Walters then dialed 911 to admit the murders, and to say he was shooting himself. Police arrived to find the house in flames, and investigators later found the three bodies in the fire debris.
High school shooting – In April 2013 a student at La Salle High School (Cincinnati) attempted to shoot himself during a morning class. Students in the classroom fled and several dialed 911 to report the incident. The student survived.
Kidnap escape – In May 2013 three women who had been kidnapped 10 years earlier managed to escape from a west side Cleveland (Ohio) home. One woman, Amanda Berry, dialed 911 for help and had a 3-minute conversation with calltaker Jack Purdy. The women were teenagers when they were kidnapped off city streets during the period of 2002 to 2004. They broke out of the house and ran to neighbors for help. Arriving officers rescued the women, and later arrested homeowner Ariel Castro. Purdy was later disciplined for not staying on the line with Berry during the police response, and for not being more compassionate.
Mall shooting – In Dec. 2012 a man with an AR-15 rifle walked through the Clackamas Town Center (Ore.) shooting at people. Jacob Roberts killed two people and then himself. County dispatchers fielded 94 calls in 10 minutes, and scores more after Roberts was dead.
Stabbing – In May 2013 a Wilmington (NC) man fatally stabbed his father, as the suspect’s sister was on the telephone with a New Hanover County dispatcher, who was later investigated for mishandling the call, and later fired. Corey Roberts, 20, was arrested by arriving police.
Baby shooting – In April 2013 a woman dialed 911 from American Fork (Utah) and reported that her 5 month-old grandson had been shot by the infant’s father. Police arrested Joshua Petersen for the shooting, and said no motive was obvious.
VoIP 911 Call – In April 2013 a man in Stafford County (Virg.) dialed to report he had shot his wife after she cut him with a knife. However, the call was made on a VoIP line, and was routed to the Doña Ana County (NM) Sheriff’s comm center. Police and EMS units were dispatched to an identical address in Las Cruces, but units quickly discovered it was the wrong city. The man then dialed 911 from a cellular phone and reached the Stafford County dispatcher, who sent law enforcement and EMS units. The VoIP connection was still live during that cellular call.
Home invasion – In May 2013 a man and woman broke into the garage of a Richland County (Wisc.) home while the occupant was inside, and began stealing items. The occupant confronted the man, and then dialed 911. However, the caller was not entirely clear that a burglary was occurring right now, and it took deputies 19 minutes to arrive. The suspects had fled by then, but were later arrested.
In-progress burglary – In May 2013 a Manatee County (Fla.) woman dialed 911 when a man attempted to break into her home during the day. The dispatcher obtained a description, and arriving sheriff’s deputies spotted the suspect in the neighborhood and arrested him.
CPR 911 call – In June 2013 a man dialed 911 from a rural St. Clair County (Ill.) home and said his friend was unconscious. During the 20-minute call, a sheriff’s dispatcher gave the man instructions for CPR while EMS tried to find the location. The victim later died.
Shooting – In June 2013 a Bakersfield (Calif.) man dialed 911 to report that he had shot his wife. Officers arrested the man, and the wife survived.
Murder 911 call – In June 2013 a Kalamazoo County (Mich.) man dialed 911 to report that his adult son had come to his house and confessed shooting the son’s wife. The father then gave the phone to John Kovach to explain the situation.
Murder by vehicle – In June 2013 a dispute occurred at the house, with the suspect waving a baseball bat. The resident dialed 911 for police, and stayed on the line. Police say the caller followed the man outside and yelled to him that the sheriff was enroute. The man got into his pick-up truck and ran down the caller while he was talking to the dispatcher. Police later arrested the suspect.
Church shooting – In June 2013 a man entered Sunday church services in Weber County (Utah) and fired a long gun at his father, seriously injuring him. Several in the congregation dialed 911 for help. The suspect fled, but was captured several hours later.
Stabbing murder – In June 2013 a man dialed 911 and spoke to a Trumbull County (Ohio) sheriff’s dispatcher, admitting that he had stabbed his mother and stepfather. Deputies arrived and arrested Thomas Starr. The stepfather died at a hospital, but the mother survived.
Drowning – In June 2013 a 7 year-old was found at the bottom of a Delaware County (Okla.) public pool, and a person dialed 911 and spoke to a sheriff’s dispatcher, who seemed confused on the location. It took three minutes for emergency units to be dispatched. The dispatcher resigned amidst an investigation of the response delay.
Fatal fire – In June 2013 a house fire in Oildale (Calif.) claimed the life of a 21 month-old toddler, who was trapped in the back bedroom. Residents and neighbors attempted a rescue, but were prevented by smoke and flames. A neighbor dialed 911 for help.