‘If this is an emergency, hang up and dial 911.’
This is the message a Florida homeowner heard when he tried to call 911 during a home invasion.
The robbery occurred on Gwain Road in Port Richey, Fla., on Wednesday. Four armed men broke into the house, demanding money and prescription drugs. They left the home for a moment, allowing the homeowner, who remains unidentified, to call 911. The dispatcher attempts to transfer the call from the fire department to the police department but accidentally sends it to voice mail.
He shoots one intruder when they return to the home and then calls back a second time to tell the dispatcher that he is being robbed and that his wife and stepmother have been beaten, FOX 13 Tampa Bay reports.
Luckily, the transfer-gone-wrong did not hinder response times. Pasco County released a timeline showing that the police were dispatched three and a half minutes after the call.
Three of the robbers, including the one who was shot, have been arrested.