Skip to main content
  1. News
  2. Top News

911 goes to voicemail: 1 of 4 burglars shot after emergency call error

See also

In Florida, a 911 emergency call went to voicemail accidentally during a violent home invasion. A Pasco County man was forced to shoot one of four robbers, who broke into the home looking for valuables and battered several occupants. The incident of the botched 911 call took place last week, but Huffington Post first reported on the crime on June 17.

A Port Richey resident woke up in the "death of the night" last week to four men attacking him and his family. Apparently, the burglary suspects were there in search of drugs, money, and valuables, according to information contained in a police report.

A 911 call was placed but it went to voicemail. Moments later, when a live operator arrived on the line, they learned the man shot one of the intruders in the back and three others fled the scene. A short time later, police swarmed the area in search of the suspects, who were later apprehended.

The 911 call/voicemail and transcript were released. On the recording, frantic screams can be heard along with what appears to be struggling as the residents were being attacked and fighting for their lives.

A voicemail message can be heard that says, "If this is an emergency, hang up and call 911." During that time, the man used a shotgun to take matters into his own hands in protection of lives: his child, wife, stepmother, and his own.

Although the 911 operator sent the call to voicemail mistakenly, a police spokesperson said it did not affect the response time. However, according to a TownHall report, it took 3 minutes and 43 seconds for emergency dispatch to reroute the call from the fire department to the police department. What's more, during the time of the residential break-in and violence that followed, sources say officers allegedly were sent to the wrong address.

Thankfully, there was no loss of life during the home burglary and error in sending the 911 call to voicemail. Police arrested three of four suspects in connection with the incident: Steven Reverdes (sustained gunshot wounds), Michael Reverdes, and Joseph Rich. A fourth suspect is still at-large at the time of this writing.

Advertisement

News

  • Baseball Hall of Fame
    The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown welcomes six new inductees
    Video
    Video
  • 2012 do-over
    If we were to re-do the 2012 election, a new poll suggests Romney would win
    Politics
  • Boko Haram
    Boko Haram kidnaps the wife of the vice prime minister of Cameroon
    World News
  • Ceasefire breaks
    Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu claims Hamas broke another brief ceasefire
    Gaza
  • Close call with CME
    Scientists tell how Earth survived a giant solar flare back in 2012
    Space
  • Comic-Con
    What's going on at Comic-Con? Get all the latest updates here
    Comic-Con

Related Videos:

  • China river turns blood red: Natural phenomenon, biblical plague, or act of men?
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518342493" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=518342493&autoStart=true"></div>
  • Second crater found at 'End of the World': First giant hole still a mystery
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518328612" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=518328612&autoStart=true"></div>
  • Disgruntled Browns fan urinates on the late Art Modell's gravesite
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/QfEcSTtiYV0?VQ=HD720&amp;allowfullscreen=true&amp;autoplay=1"></iframe>