Man 'needing to talk to someone' arrested for false shooting report

Man 'needing to talk to someone' arrested for false shooting report

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - If you're feeling lonely and need someone to talk to, it's not a good idea to call police and tell them you just killed someone.

A Jonesboro man learned that lesson the hard way early Wednesday morning.

Shortly before 5:30 a.m. Officer Tommy Fitzgerald was dispatched to the 200-block of Walnut Street regarding a shooting.

According to Fitzgerald's initial police report, a man later identified at 37-year-old Kale Markeith Redden called 911 , claiming he had just killed someone.

When Fitzgerald arrived at the scene he found Redden standing on the sidewalk with “an object in his right hand…up to his head.”

Due to the nature of the call, Fitzgerald said he drew his firearm and pointed it at Redden, ordering the man to “drop the gun.”

Redden told the officer it wasn't a weapon, but a phone.

After seeing it was a cordless house phone, Fitzgerald holstered his firearm and placed Redden into handcuffs.

Redden told the officer he had not killed anyone. Instead, Redden claimed he had said that “so police would come talk to him.”

According to the report, Redden told Fitzgerald he was “just needing to talk to someone.”

After determining the story was made up, Fitzgerald arrested Redden and took him to the Craighead County Detention Center where he was cited with communicating a false alarm. At last report, he was being held in lieu of $495 surety bond.

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