Fayette County


PTC police deem 911 shooting call a hoax

Peachtree City Police are investigating what they now believe to be a hoax 911 call in which a caller at 5:08 p.m. today claimed a person had been shot inside a residence on Peachtree Station Circle off South Peachtree Parkway.

According to Lieutenant Mark Brown, the dispatcher taking the 911 call reported to police that she could hear shots being fired in the background as the caller was speaking. This, says Brown, prompted police supervisors to call all available officers to the scene, and the Peachtree City / Fayetteville SWAT Team was placed on standby.

By 7:30 p.m., police notified the public via Facebook that the incident had been deemed a hoax and that the perpetrators of the hoax will be tracked down and prosecuted. Making hoax calls to law enforcement is a felony.

Local residents reported seeing a helicopter overhead during the incident, but Brown says it was a television news helicopter and that a police helicopter was not requested to the scene. He said the news helicopter had been in the area reporting on an earlier incident at Hwy. 54 and Peachtree Parkway in which a middle school student had been hit by a car crossing the street.

By Danny Harrison

Danny Harrison, a 1992 Fayette High School graduate, began his journalism career with Fayette County News in 1995. After taking several leaves of absence to pursue journalism and Christian ministry opportunities, including a few out of state and overseas, he returned full-time to Fayette County News in August 2014. Harrison earned a bachelor's degree in pastoral ministry in 2009 while serving as a missionary journalist in England and Western Europe.