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Brunswick police investigate hoax call of mother shot by teen (AUDIO)


BRUNSWICK —A Sunday night call from a teen claiming to have shot his mother was a hoax Brunswick police said.

“I didn’t take my medication and my mom was trying to ground me so I shot her,” said the caller, who claimed to be a 17-year-old named John Rodriguez, in an eight minute call to police.

Listen to the recording HERE.

He said that he made the call from his laptop and asked if the dispatcher could send an ambulance but no officers.

“If any cops come to my house I’m going to shoot them,” the caller said.

The caller claimed to be at a residence in the 1400 block of Garfield Avenue. He referred to his location in the home as the “big room.” When officers arrived they found the residence was unoccupied.

“Just before 8:30 in the evening, we got a call from a male subject claiming that he was a juvenile and that he had just shot his mother,” police Lt. Robert Safran said Monday. “What our officers did was that they responded. They initially attempted to make contact at the residence.

“Our dispatch center, they did a good job of keeping the male subject on the phone because, up to that point, they thought that it was an actual call and not a hoax,” Safran said. “Our dispatch center was able to communicate with the male and try to find out additional information like where he was in the house, what kind of gun he had, that sort of thing.”

The caller even told the dispatcher that he had a propane tank and threatened to blow up the house because he didn’t want to live anymore.

“I think I might just blow up the house,” the caller said.

“No, just stay on the phone with me right now, OK,” said the dispatcher.

“I have a propane tank, if I blow up the house it will be over,” he said.

The dispatcher asked him what happened to make him upset, to which he responded that his mom was mean to him and hit him and threw things at him.

The incident is under investigation.

“We are still trying to determine the identity of the caller,” Safran said.

Contact reporter Alyssa Alfano at aalfano@medina-gazette.com.


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