Eugene OR police respond to bogus 911 call

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Eugene police say 14 officers responded to a 911 caller's claim that he had just shot his father at an apartment and was ready to kill himself -- but the report was a prank that apparently stemmed from an online video game squabble.

Police spokeswoman Melinda McLaughlin tells the Register-Guard that police had no choice but to take the call seriously Monday night.

Now investigators believe the 911 caller obtained the name, address and telephone number of a man who lived at the apartment, then used that information to retaliate against the man after the pair squabbled while playing on their Xbox video systems.

McLaughlin says police consider the 26-year-old apartment tenant a crime victim, but at this point investigators can't tell where the call originated.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com