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Barricaded suspects call 911 to avoid arrest — it doesn’t work

Guelph police say two people in a six-hour standoff with police allegedly tried to falsely report an officer shot in attempt to draw police away from them.
Guelph police say two people in a six-hour standoff with police allegedly tried to falsely report an officer shot in attempt to draw police away from them. Matt Carty / Global Guelph

Guelph police say two people, who were in a six-hour standoff with police on Thursday, allegedly called 911 to falsely report an officer had been shot in an attempt to draw police away from them.

According to a news release, a man and a woman wanted on outstanding charges were found inside a hotel room in the city’s north end.

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Police say they wouldn’t come out of the unit and officers on scene were forced to block off an area surrounding the hotel while waiting for a warrant.

“While police were holding the perimeter, the parties phoned into police dispatch falsely reporting that a police officer had been shot in the downtown core of the city, in an attempt to draw officers away from the unit.”

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The ruse didn’t work as an entry warrant was eventually granted and both suspects were arrested. Police said they also found several stolen items.

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A 48-year-old man and 43-year-old woman were both charged with several offences, including public mischief for the alleged fake call to 911.

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Police say they were wanted on outstanding charges from Guelph and other jurisdictions for a number offences including shoplifting, robbery and theft under $5,000.

They were both held in custody for a bail hearing.