Tulsa police: emergency call was a hoax

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Reported by: Brittany Jeffers
Updated: 2/26 9:20 pm Published: 2/26 9:05 pm

TULSA, Okla. - The call came in to police about an emergency situation at a Tulsa radio station near 29th and Yale around 7 Wednesday night. When police showed up, they found out it wasn't real.

"I was scared to death I didn't know what to think," said Charlet Ball.

As Ball made her way home, she drove straight into flashing lights.

"As I passed by, you could see all these police officers, fire and you guys," said Ball.

Multiple emergency cars were parked along 29th and Yale.

"We received an emergency 911 call that there was men with weapons that had entered the radio station and were holding people hostage," said Sgt. Mark Mackenzie of the Tulsa Police Department.

Mackenzie said when they went inside the radio station, there were no suspects and there was not a problem there.

Police confirmed with FOX23 the call was a hoax.

I just don't understand why someone would do something like this," said Ball. "To call out these many police officers who could be doing other things is just unbelievable."

Police said this is just the beginning of the investigation and while they are grateful no one was hurt and this wasn't an emergency situation, the whole ordeal was thoughtless.

"It put officers in harm's way of trying to get here, it puts citizens in harm's way, snarls up traffic, it makes people go into emergency mode needlessly," said Mackenzie.

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