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Burnaby RCMP not laughing after responding to joke shooting call

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Burnaby RCMP weren't laughing after significant resources were spent responding to a call about a possible shooting that turned out to be all a joke.

Burnaby Mounties, the RCMP helicopter Air 1, the Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team and the Integrated Police Dog Services were all deployed to a house in the 4300-block of Napier Street in North Burnaby on Saturday.

This after a man received a text from his girlfriend who claimed she was being shot at inside her home, say Burnaby RCMP. The man called 911.

“This was potentially a very serious situation and we responded to it the way we must, with all of the appropriate resources that are available to us,” said Burnaby RCMP Insp. Bob Page.

The woman didn't intend for police to be called, and so she wasn't charged with a crime.

“She didn’t intentionally want the police to become involved but if it was intentional we absolutely would have charged her with public mischief,” Page said.

Anyone charged with public mischief who is found to have intentionally misled police can be found guilty of an indictable offence with a maximum sentence of five years. “We urge people to use their common sense. Joking about a shooting is no joke,” said Page.

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