Reports of a shooting was apparently a hoax

Law enforcement from several local agencies responded to a 911 call from an anonymous caller early Tuesday morning just after midnight. The caller said that there was a shooting in the area of the entrance to Roper Lake. The caller said that there was a group of people in the area and fight broke out. The calling party said that the shooting occurred during the fight. The shooter was identified as a male wearing jeans and a carhart jacket.

Graham County deputies responded to the call along with officers from Safford, Thatcher and Pima police departments. Safford officers arrived and made contact with a man inside of a vehicle at the entrance of Roper Lake. The man said that he had been sleeping in his car and was okay. He was cleared as a person of interest.

Deputies and police officers searched the area around Roper Lake. They didn’t find anybody in the area needing help and there was apparently no evidence of a fight or a shooting. Officers also searched the area around Dankworth Pond with no results.

Dispatch advised the responding officers that the 911 call was from a non-working number. The number pinged to a residence in Thatcher. A Thatcher police officer and a deputy went to the residence and found it vacant. Authorities gave up the search after the trace of the call provided no leads.