Buckeye Police: Woman accused of making false 911 call that resulted in school lockdown

BUCKEYE, Ariz. (KSAZ) -- Buckeye Police officials said a 27-year-old woman has been arrested, in connection with a false 911 call that resulted in the lockdown of an elementary school on Wednesday.

According to police, Melanie A. Hendrick admitted Wednesday afternoon to telling a 911 operator that there was a man armed with a shotgun at Bales Elementary School. The call was received at around 8:45 a.m., and Bales Elementary was put on lockdown. The school campus, as well as the surrounding fields and a nearby church, were searched by police officers, and no subject with a weapon was ever found.

Hendrick's voice, according to the statement, was recognized by detectives listening to the recording. The voice was also verified by a family member. Prior to the call being made, detectives were at Hendrick's home, which is located several block away from the school, as they conducted a follow-up on a recent string of burglaries. Hendrick said she used the call to divert detectives away from her home, because she had information on the string of burglaries.

Buckeye Police officials did not give any details on the burglary incidents, citing an active investigation.

Hendrick, according to the statement, has since been booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail for filing a false report.

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