Police: Woman falsely reported that 2 gunmen were in her West Islip home

Suffolk County police say one of the officers on the way to the scene was involved in a crash in Bay Shore.

News 12 Staff

Jun 17, 2023, 2:29 AM

Updated 340 days ago

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Police say a call that two gunmen were inside a West Islip home Friday evening was a hoax.
They say 32-year-old Melissa O'Brien went into a neighbor's home to call police, saying that two men with guns were inside her home on Gladstone Avenue.
When police arrived, O'Brien repeated the information and officers surrounded the home.
A family member noticed the police activity and told police there was no one inside the house. Police then checked and confirmed there was no danger.
Suffolk County police say one of the officers on the way to the scene was involved in a crash on Saxon Avenue and Union Boulevard in Bay Shore. That officer was taken to the hospital with injuries not considered to be life threatening.
O'Brien is charged with falsely reporting an incident. She is scheduled to appear in court July 6.


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