Angry With Roommates, Man Falsely Reports Suicides: Cops

Police said he was upset about being evicted.

Friday, Jun 20, 2014  |  Updated 10:57 AM EDT
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Angry With Roommates, Man Falsely Reports Suicides: Cops

West Haven Police

Gordon Byer falsely reported his roommates dead because he was angry with his roommates about being evicted, police said.

A West Haven man who was angry with his roommates over being evicted, called police and reported that they committed suicide, police said.

Police responded to a home on Fairview Avenue in West Haven around 3 a.m. on Friday after Gordon Byers, 39, called 911 and said two suicide victims were on the back porch of his home, police said. 

They had gunshot wounds and were bleeding, he told dispatchers, according to a news release from police.

Several officers were dispatched to the house and the West Shore Fire Department prepared to treat the victims, but there were no victims.

Police found mud smeared on the door, but it appeared to be from the family dogs, police said. 

As police investigated, they determined that Byers had falsely reported the incident because he was mad at his roommates after learning he was being evicted.

Before calling 911, Byers had both called and texted his roommates, threatened them and said that they were both dead and they were also going to commit suicide, according to police. 

Byers was taken into custody and charged with two counts of falsely reporting an incident, two counts of second-degree threatening and two counts of breach of peace.  He was held on $100,000 bond.

It’s not clear if he has an attorney.

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