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Jail Wish – Augusta Man Fakes Shooting in 911 Call


An Augusta man called 911 on Saturday night and lied about being shot. He confessed later that he just wanted deputies to take him to jail.

The fake emergency by 51-year-old Johnny Gable caused a real headache for the sheriff’s office, who responded to Keron Way at 6 p.m. Saturday with blue lights and sirens and then began knocking on doors in a desperate search for the “shooting victim.”

“We had to do a door-to-door search due to a lack of information,” Deputy Jason Evans said in his incident report. “Officers had to check numerous houses using GPS tracking via dispatch because the arrested left the line open.”

Once officers located Gable, he told deputies that he called 911 and told them he had been shot so officers would “come lock him up,” the report said.

Oddly enough, Gable had called 911 earlier in the day at 1:30 p.m. Saturday so officers would come arrest him on a warrant that he thought he had, but records couldn’t find a warrant. So nobody came.

When nobody came, Gable decided to make up the shooting story.

Gable eventually got his wish after the fake call. He was charged with unlawful conduct during a 911 call and taken to jail.

The report does not indicate why he wanted to go to jail. But he remained there Sunday night under a $5,700 bond.

Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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