Police in Perth, Australia, thought they had a potentially tragic incident on their hands when they were called to a house after a report of a toddler screaming and a man shouting death threats.
Multiple police units arrived at a property on Wednesday morning after a neighbor heard a child’s piercing screams and a man repeatedly yelling, “Why don’t you die?”
Fearing the worst, officers responded to the incident only to find a man had simply been trying to kill a spider.
Wanneroo Police posted the original incident report on Twitter with the caption: “Never a dull moment for police!”
“The toddler inside was screaming but the caller didn’t hear the female who lives there saying anything,” the report stated.
“Caller doesn’t know them, but has seen them a few times when walking.”
Upon arrival, an embarrassed man told the police he was terrified of spiders and had been trying to kill one that had found its way into the house.
“No injuries sighted (except to spider) no further police involvement required,” the police report concluded.
Wanneroo Police have since deleted the post, as it contained police communications, but confirmed to the Guardian that the bizarre incident had occurred.
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