LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin man who was the victim of a gunshot to the face Friday was arrested Saturday for making an false 911 call, police say.
According to Det. J.B. Smith, Jerry Earl Lane, Jr., 38, called 911 Saturday around 3 p.m.
"Told dispatchers there had been a shooting - person down," said Smith.
Smith said when police arrived on the scene, Lane explained to them that nobody had been shot, but he wanted to make sure someone arrived on the scene so that he could report his TV had been stolen from his residence.
"[The officer who arrived on the scene first] called off the other officers," said Smith.
Smith said police determined he had made a false report and arrested him Saturday evening.
"9-1-1 is intended for a law enforcement in progress emergency or for a medical emergency or a fire emergency, but for an in progress call," said Smith.
Lane was shot Friday afternoon during what police say was a family disturbance at Courtyard Apartments on Third Street. He was treated and released around 6 p.m. Saturday.
Lane is charged with the misdemeanor offenses of false report and no drivers license. He bonded out of jail for $2,000.
When Lane called 9-1-1 for a non-emergency it tied up a emergency line, a dispatcher and all of the officers who responded to the scene.
9-1-1 dispatcher for the city of Lufkin Candy Hartman has heard all sorts of calls. She says non-emergency calls wastes time and resources.
"We get what time is it? We get I need the phone number to whatever," said Hartman.
Authorities are not really sure why Lane even called 9-1-1.
"It's possible he saw how quickly officers responded to the emergency call before and decided he wanted that same response," said Smith.
Smith said police are still investigating the Friday shooting and have not named a suspect.