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Police respond to 9-1-1 call of neighbors screaming, find family watching 'The Walking Dead'

Author: Randall D. Larson

Date: 2016-02-16
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From a story posted at greatfallstribune.com

AMC's hit TV series The Walking Dead can be quite a visceral experience for some viewers.  This Great Falls (Montana) family apparently got so involved in last Sunday's drama with their excited or terrified screams that neighbors called 9-1-1 thinking something horrible was happening inside the house.

A 9-1-1 was received by the Great Falls Police dispatch center Sunday night (Feb 14) reporting “screaming from a house about someone having a gun,” according to notes about the call from the GFPD. The call came in at 7:28 PM from a neighbor. A second call from another neighbor identified the house. Dispatchers sent a proactive response suitable for the report of a disturbance possibly involving a firearm.

Seven officers surrounded the residence, according to GFPD Sgt. Brian McGraw. They heard loud voices from inside the house and observed “flashing lights,” per the call notes.  Through the windows they could see that two adults and several children were inside watching TV.  To windows were close to the television set, allowing the volume to be conveyed outside of the house. When checking the family’s welfare they learned that the TV show happened to be the mid-season premiere of The Walking Dead, an emotional rollercaster of a drama that ended with a massive bloodbath as the heroes battled a gigantic horde of zombies that had invaded their neighborhood refuge.

Officers determined that everyone in the house appeared to be fine, no real weapons were involved, and no real zombies were lurking about.  No report was required for the call, just the notes indicating the response to the alleged disturbance and the call’s disposition.

The call notes did not indicate what the family had to say about the police response.

- People, Places & Things/9-1-1magazine.com (via Great Falls Tribune, 2/16/16)

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