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Media Release

Release Date: April 17th, 2019 - 8:56am

Originator: Constable, Steve Elms, Corporate Communications, 905-825-4747 ext 5224

Contact: Constable, Steve Elms, Corporate Communications, 905-825-4747 extension 5224

Location: Burlington


False 911 Call Leads to Arrest

‚ÄčOn April 16, 2019, at approximately 7:45 pm, the Halton Regional Police Service received a call to attend an address on Walkers Line in Burlington.  Information from the caller stated a female had been shot at the residence.  A large emergency response (including police and EMS) was coordinated and attended the address.  Investigation found the allegation that a female was shot, to be false.

Zach Gerdes (27) of Burlington, was arrested at the scene and charged with the following:

  • Public Mischief
  • Convey False Message

It is alleged that the 911 call was made by Gerdes to expedite police response to a separate report in regards to missing property.

Police would like to remind the public that 911 is only to be used in an emergency.  It is a criminal offence to make a false 911 call and such hoaxes divert first responders from actual emergencies.

Please be reminded that all persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.