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Police: Man calls 911, simulates gunshots using his shoe

Michael Duran Harris (Fort Payne Police)

Fort Payne police say a Guntersville man is behind bars after prank calling 911 to simulate gunshots.

Posted: Nov. 30, 2017 3:48 PM

A Guntersville man is accused of rendering a false alarm after police say called 911 Thursday morning to simulate gunshots using his shoe.

Fort Payne police say Michael Duran Harris, 28, called 911 just after 10 a.m. to report that shots were fired in the area of 14th Street Northwest. Dispatchers say they heard popping noises which could have been gunshots before Harris hung up.

Dispatchers unsuccessfully tried to make contact with Harris while officers were responding to the scene. When police arrived they saw Harris holding a cellphone. After searching him and finding no weapons officers talked to neighbors who said they did not hear gunfire.

Investigators later discovered Harris broadcasted the 911 call on Facebook Live, and it showed him using a shoe to simulate the gunshot noise.

Harris was then arrested, and police later found out he was on probation from a 2012 Marshall County felony charge. He was booked in the Fort Payne City Jail on a $500 bond, and he will be transported to Marshall County upon his release.

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