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Macomb Police: 911 call about gunman a hoax

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MACOMB, Ill. (WGEM) -

(UPDATE: Macomb police have made an arrest in this case. Click here for the latest information on this case.)

A prank 911 call prompted Macomb Police to draw their guns, bring in the Illinois State Police for assistance, and seal off a neighborhood for more than five hours Wednesday night.

Macomb police said the call came in around 6 p.m. Wednesday claming a person had a gun at a home located at 509 West Murray Street.

"This was a prank call," Macomb Police Chief Curt Barker said.

Taking every precaution, officers sealed off the surrounding area and asked neighbors to evacuate their homes.

The scene was very close to the Western Illinois University campus. WIU officials sent out an alert telling the campus community to stay away from the area until the issue was resolved.

Police eventually realized the home was empty the entire time, after sending in a remote controlled robot with a camera.

Barker said police were working to trace where the prank call originated from and to find the person responsible.

He said the penalty for a prank call is a minimum Class A misdemeanor, but Barker says he would push for felony charges.

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