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'Why don't you die?': Police responding to report of death threats find man just trying to kill a spider

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Police in Perth, Australia thought they had a potentially tragic incident on their hands when they were called to a house after reports of a toddler screaming and a man shouting death threats.

Multiple police units arrived at a property on Wednesday morning after neighbors heard a child’s piercing screams and a man repeatedly yelling, “Why don’t you die?”

Fearing the worst, officers “responded lights and sirens” to the incident only to find a man had simply been trying to kill a spider.

a close up of a spider: A Perth man’s arachnophobia ended with a “lights and sirens” response from the police. (Photo: File/Getty) © Provided by Oath Inc. A Perth man’s arachnophobia ended with a “lights and sirens” response from the police. (Photo: File/Getty)

Taking to Twitter later, Wanneroo Police posted the original incident report with the caption: “Never a dull moment for police!”

“The toddler inside was screaming but the caller didn’t hear the female who lives there saying anything,” the report stated.

“Caller doesn’t know them, but has seen them a few times when walking.”

a screenshot of a cell phone: Fearing the worst, police in Perth raced to a house where a man was making death threats … to a spider. (Photo: 7 News Perth/Wanneroo Police) © Provided by Oath Inc. Fearing the worst, police in Perth raced to a house where a man was making death threats … to a spider. (Photo: 7 News Perth/Wanneroo Police)

Upon arrival, an embarrassed man told the police he was terrified of spiders and had been trying to kill one that had found its way into the house.

“No injuries sighted (except to spider), no further police involvement required,” the police report concluded.

Wanneroo Police have since deleted the post, as it contained police communications, but confirmed to the Guardian that the bizarre incident had occurred.


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