La Crosse police say a shooting reported Wednesday afternoon may have been fake, according to a news release sent out Thursday morning.

According to the La Crosse Police Department, the La Crosse County Dispatch Center received a call at 2:05 p.m. on the non-emergency line from an unknown man who claimed to have just shot his wife and another person after finding her with that person in their house on the 400 block of South 19th Street.

Police responded within two minutes and were unable to contact the caller. La Crosse’s Emergency Response Team searched the house over the course of the next two hours and confirmed that nothing happened inside.

Police were able to contact the owners of the house, who were not involved in the incident and not home all afternoon.

They are withholding the specific address out of respect for the family living there, according to the release.

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Jourdan Vian can be reached at jvian@lacrossetribune.com or follow her on Twitter at @Jourdan_LCT.


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Jourdan Vian is a reporter and columnist covering local government and city issues for the La Crosse Tribune. You can contact her at 608-791-8218.

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