A hysterical 9-1-1 caller told West Melbourne police one morning last month there was a man with a gun, somebody was about to get shot. The man pleaded for help then hung up as the 9-1-1 operator tried to get more information.
Police say it was a fake.
"I-I-I-I see, there is a murder that's gonna happen, I swear," the caller said, later adding: "There's definitely someone gonna get shot. Please, please, Wingate and Hollywood, please."
Then he hung up.
He made another similar call in which he again pleaded with police, saying there was a man with a gun.
"He's looking at me but I don't think he sees I'm on a cell phone. I swear I'm so scared I might get killed myself."
Police rushed to the area the caller described, but couldn't find anything suspicious. A dispatcher did a search on the number the calls came from and discovered the phone belonged to Julius Edward Lupowitz.
West Melbourne Police Officer Ted Salem was on a traffic stop on Wingate Boulevard when the calls came in. He was about to end the stop to go deal with the more serious call when he heard on the radio that Lupowitz was the caller.
Lupowitz was the man the officer had stopped.
Police say Lupowitz, 52, called 9-1-1 in hopes that the officer would have to respond to the other call, rather than write him a speeding ticket. He was arrested Wednesday and now faces a charge of misusing 9-1-1, a third-degree felony that could land him in jail for up to five years, if convicted.
And he still got the $209 speeding ticket.