Fatal stabbing – In August 2013 Anna Carter stabbed her boyfriend Jerome Phillips, and then dialed 911. She confessed to the stabbing during the 18-minute call.
Homeowner shooting – In Nov. 2013 a Detroit (Mich.) homeowner said and female stranger appeared on his front porch at 4:45 a.m., he felt threatened, and he fatally shot her with a shotgun. The man dialed 911 to report the shooting. Police said Renisha McBride had been involved in a vehicle accident at about 1 a.m. about a mile away, and were piecing together her movements since then. The incident raised questions of “stand your ground” laws.
Carjacking & kidnapping – In Oct. 2013 a woman in Washtenaw County (Mich.) dialed 911 at 1:25 a.m. to saw her 2 year-old child had been kidnapped. She said her car broke down along a rural road, a man in a pick-up truck had stopped to help, and that the man took the child and fled. The 16-minute call was answered by a State Police dispatcher who tried to obtain information from the hysterical mother.
Murder-suicide – In Oct. 2013 a 27 year-old man dialed 911 in Greenwood (SC) to say that he was “stressed out” and suicidal. There were anguished voices in the background when Bryan Sweatt called. He hung up within a minute, and arriving police found five family members dead, including Sweatt. During the response, a neighbor dialed 911 to report that four children had come to his house, and that he had heard gunfire.
Homeowner shooting – In Nov. 2013 a Fayetteville (NC) woman ran to a neighbor couple’s house at midnight when she was assaulted by her nephew. The resident (wife) let her inside, and then dialed 911 for help. During the call, the nephew appeared at the neighbor’s house and forced his way inside. The resident (husband) armed himself and fatally shot the nephew. Also listen to the first brief hang-up call.
Animal attack – In Nov. 2013 an employee at WildCat Haven dialed 911 to report that another employee had been attacked by a cougar. During the call, Michael Tuller walked back down to the enclosure to attempt to rescue Renee Radziwon-Chapman. When EMS units arrived, they found the victim dead.
Neighbor shooting – In Nov. 2013 a Payson (Ariz.) man saw a neighbor’s dog in his rural yard, and went outside to tell the neighbor to call the dog away. During the call, Mike Voden used a Glock pistol to shoot Randy Burnett, then stayed on the line as he went back into his house.
Fatal pursuit – In Nov. 2013 a New Mexico State Police officer stopped a vehicle for driving erratically. A NMSP officer fired his handgun at the vehicle, allegedly when it backed towards the officer. A woman in the car was struck by the gunfire and died. During the pursuit, NMSP dispatcher Roberto Lujan telephoned Santa Fe city dispatcher Amanda Macias for assistance. However, Lujan was unable to provide a reason for the pursuit (he was multi-tasking, telephone and radio), and so no SFPD officers responded before the shooting.
Officer-involved shooting – In Nov. 2013 a man in Prescott (Ariz.) dialed 911 to report his brother was suicidal and had was carrying knives. The caller said Larry Clay had mentioned suicide-by-cop. A Prescott officer arrived, was confronted by Clay with two knives, and fatally shot Clay. The tapes of the 911 calls from the brother and step-daughter, and from the radio document the incident.
Murder – In March 2013 a convicted sex offender sexually assaulted and murdered a 17 year-old neighbor in Clarksville (Ind.). Shortly after the murder, Tara Wallenborg was found by her fiancé, who dialed 911 for help.
Shooting – In Dec. 2013 a Des Moines (Iowa) man began firing an AR-type weapons and a handgun from his driveway, sometimes at houses, passing vehicles or in the air. Surrounding neighbors dialed 911 to give a description, name and location of the man as Steven Vogel fired over 80 rounds, including at officers. Vogel was kiilled by police gunfire.
High school shooting – In Dec. 2013 an Arapahoe High School (Colo.) student entered the school armed with a shotgun, Molotov cocktails and other weapons. Karl Pierson, 18, shot and seriously wounded a female student while looking for a specific teacher. He then went to the library and killed himself. Several people dialed 911 during the 7-minute incident.
Shooting – In Dec. 2013 an Arlington Heights (Ill.) man harassed his ex-girlfriend over one week, then broke into her house one night with a gun. Either calls were made to 911 at various times. Police responded and entered the house, when suspect Eric Anderson fired his handgun, wounding an officer. Anderson then dialed 911 to admit the shooting and to warn police not to come into the house. Police surrounded the home and eventually shot and killed Anderson.
Heart attack – In Jan. 2012 a 14 year-old boy collapsed at the La Center Middle School gym in Columbia (Wash.), and teachers dialed 911 for help. A Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA) dispatcher gave the teachers medical instructions for Cody Sherrell, which included CPR and then AED use. Questions arose about the instructions, and initially CRESA declined to release the 911 logging tape. Later, the tape was released and, in general, confirmed that EMD was properly given.
Baby not breathing – In Dec. 2013 a 9 week-old baby stopped breathing in Barnstable (Mass.), and officer Dennis Stampfi answered the 911 call from the infant’s mother. Stampfi gave choking instructions to the mother, who relayed them to the father, Jonathan Brooks. The baby revived and was taken to the hospital.
Medical center shooting – In Dec. 2013 a man entered the Reknown Regional Medical Center (Reno, NV) and began firing a 12-ga. shotgun at patients and staff. Alan Frazier killed one person, injured another and then killed himself. Several people dialed 911 during the incident and reached Reno police dispatchers.
Accidental shooting – In July 2013 a 4 year-old Prescott (Ariz.) boy accidentally shot and killed his father while the two were visiting a friend’s house. The child picked up a .380-cal. pistol on a table, asked the father, “What is this?” and then a gunshot was heard. Justin Thomas, 34, died later at a hospital.
Bank robbery – In Dec. 2013 Mario Garnett went on a multi-stage bank robbery spree, starting in Mississippi. When he reached Phoenix (Ariz.), several citizens noticed him going into a bank and dialed 911 t report it. One caller stayed on the phone as Garnett exited the bank, was confronted by two officers and was killed by gunfire.
Train derailment – In Dec. 2013 two tank car trains derailed near Casselton (ND) and several cars of crude oil and ethanol ignited. Several citizens and members of the train crew dialed 911 and talked to a Red River Emergency Dispatch Center dispatcher.
Baby CPR – In Aug. 2011 a 26 year-old woman dialed 911 in Reedsburg (Wisc.) to report a baby wasn’t breathing. A Sauk County sheriff’s dispatcher coached Jeanette Janusiak through CPR. Deputies later arrested the woman on charges that she dropped that baby, who suffered a fatal head injury.
Mall shooting – In Dec. 2013 four carjackers targeted a man at the Short Hills (NJ) mall, and fatally shot him. The victim’s wife Jamie Friedland dialed 911 for help, along with other people. Friedland claimed she waited 30 minutes for an EMS unit, but police later said officers were on-scene within minutes, and the ambulance arrived 18 minutes after the first 911 call.
Child abduction – Four men entered a Orangeburg (SC) home, attacked the occupants and then left with a 4 month-old infant. A resident dialed 911 for help, but several other people came on the line, confusing the dispatcher. Deputies found the infant unharmed by the side of the road about 90 minutes later.
Theater shooting – In Jan. 2014 a former police officer was in a Pasco County (Fla.) theater, became involved in a dispute with person who was texting, and shot the other person. Several people dialed 911 for help, and the line was open while theater-goers tried to help the victim. Curtis Reeves was arrested by arriving deputies.
Murderer’s 911 call – In Jan. 2014 Robert Hopkins went on a crime spree, shooting, wounding and robbing several people. He broke into a business and dialed 911, admitting his crimes and saying he wanted to surrender. Police surrounded the building, but he would not come out. He later killed himself.
Murder 911 call – In Jan. 2014 a Wilmington (NC) man stabbed an acquaintance, and a roommate dialed 911 for help. Shelby Lentz fled but was later arrested by police.
Carjacking – In Feb. 2014 a Park Ridge (Ill.) woman left her 5 year-old the car while she carried groceries inside her home. A suspect appeared and drove off with the car and child. The woman dialed 911 to report the crime, and police issued an Amber Alert. Two hours later a citizen called police to report the car parked in an alley about 6 miles away. Two days later a suspect was arrested.