Report of shots fired in Springfield likely a scare tactic, police say

Springfield police said when they arrived on scene, they found no reason to believe anyone was shot.

Posted: Mar 31, 2019 5:04 PM
Updated: Mar 31, 2019 5:16 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- A heavy police presence took over a Springfield neighborhood late Saturday night after neighbors said they heard gunshots.

"We heard a loud noise or something and I thought someone just got in a crash or something," said Kailah Hayden, a neighbor.

Springfield police said when they arrived on scene, they found no reason to believe anyone was shot.

However, they said they found shell casing at the scene that indicated a round had been fired.

"Everyone was departed," said Sgt. George Crolly with Springfield Police. "We don't find evidence of a crime or if someone had actually been shot."

Crolly said police were called out to a verbal dispute involving multiple people, and that they believe people scattered once they heard the shot.

"I think it's a scare tactic, other times its a way to break up a dispute and let the party know they mean some kind of business," Crolly said.

He said these types of calls come in multiple times a week. He said they can be a drain on the police department.

"It's gonna prompt a police response either way," he said. "Those type of calls...most any available unit in the area is going to respond to that so in a way, it does drain resources even temporarily cause everyone responding is going to anticipate finding a victim of a crime."

Crolly said the response is never going to change, scare tactic or not.

He said police will always take any call of shots fired seriously.

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