Aurora police send wrong emergency alert

AURORA — Aurora dispatchers sent out a reverse emergency call to the public with bad information warning of an explosion rather than their search for a murder suspect.

According to KMGH-TV, the calls were made Wednesday to residents who live close to the spot where Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes lived. That is the area where police warned of a possible explosion when they searched his apartment in July 2012 and found booby-traps.

Police spokesman Frank Fania said the department is not responsible for the wrong message because the communications center is not part of the police department. The communications center offered no explanation for the mistake.



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