Woman reports fake shooting in hopes Troy police wouldn’t arrest her boyfriend during traffic stop

30-year-old Madison Heights woman charged

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TROY, Mich. – A Madison Heights woman called 911 and reported a fake shooting in the hopes that Troy officers would respond to the more serious crime and not arrest her boyfriend during a traffic stop, authorities said.

Troy police said they were called at 8:34 p.m. Sept. 19 to the Courtyard by Marriott Detroit Troy, which is at 1525 East Maple Road.

The 911 caller told police she had heard two gunshots inside the hotel on the second floor, according to authorities.

When police arrived at the hotel, they said they determined there hadn’t been any gunshots.

Officers learned that the woman who made the 911 call was a passenger in a vehicle that had been pulled over by Troy police for a traffic violation, authorities said.

Police spoke with the woman, a 30-year-old resident of Madison Heights, and she admitted to making the call in hopes that the officers making the traffic stop would go to the reported shooting because it was more serious, Troy police said.

She hoped they wouldn’t arrest her boyfriend as a result of handling the more serious crime, officials said.

The woman was arrested and charged with falsely summoning a police officer.


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