UPDATE: 911 Caller in Greenbriar Neighborhood Led to Misunderstanding

Miscommunication by a 911 caller Tuesday led to a large police presence in a neighborhood near Greenbriar East elementary school.

UPDATE 5:54 P.M.: 

Police activity in the Greenbriar neighborhood is coming to a close, as authorities realize that a 911 call about a possible armed man in a motorhome was a false alarm.

First responders at the scene said that the incident was related to a medical condition.

The confusion arose from a reference to a gun case in the 911 call.

No one was in any danger and the man in the motorhome posed no danger to the public, authorities said.



Fairfax County Police are currently on the scene in the unincorporated Greenbriar neighborhood, preparing to approach a suspicious motorhome witnesses fear is occupied by an armed man.

According to police public information officer Don Gotthardt, the department received a call shortly after 2 p.m. from people in the 12800 block of Melvue Court - a cul-de-sac - about the suspicious vehicle and man.

"We received an initial report that the occupant might be armed in some way," Gotthardt told Patch.

Gotthardt said the department sent several patrol cars and motorcycles into the area, and that the officers were contacting residents in the area to warn them about the potential, and as yet unverified, danger.

Fairfax County Public Schools spokesman John Torre said a handful of students at Greenbriar East Elementary School were being held in the building "until police activity concludes."

The majority of the school's students followed normal dismissal procedures this afternoon, Torre said.

However, Gotthardt said students who reside in the Melvue Court block where officers are now are being asked to remain at the school until officers are sure residents are not in danger.

Gotthardt said officers have not seen any movement inside the silver motorhome yet, and that they are waiting for additional units to arrive on the scene before they attempt to contact the occupant.

"We want to make sure we have good containment at the scene before they attempt to contact him," he explained.

Patch will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

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Jeff Pearl April 11, 2013 at 01:02 PM
Well, better safe than sorry I suppose. Also good live training exercise which should help if they ever get a similar call.
John Strother April 15, 2013 at 12:54 PM
I would say that the caller should be charged with filing a false police report. It is legal in the state of VA to transport, move or even store a gun in a case. Owning guns are a perfectly legal thing to do in VA. To be reported for displaying a gun case and have Fairfax County Swat team respond? That is paranoid to the max. This is plainly a false police report and the one that reported it should have to pay for all the time and expense the police had to spend to confirm it as being a false report.
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