Fake 9-1-1 call of shooting lands 21-year-old Paris man in jail

Santana Burris

Santana Burris

A 21-year-old Paris man was taken into custody Wednesday after making a 9-1-1 call shortly before 11 a.m. to report that a Hispanic male had been shot in the head, police department spokesman Curtis Garrett said.

Police officers responded to the 1900 block of East Cherry Street and searched the area but were unable to locate a victim. During the investigation, officers made contact with Santana Burris, 21, who admitted to calling 9-1-1 and said he made the incident up.

Burris was placed under arrest and charged with an abusive call to 9-1-1, along with possession of marijuana when officers located marijuana in Burris’ wallet.

By Charles Richards, eParisExtra


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Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.