Woman arrested after April Fool about active shooter at workplace

Woman, 57, is arrested when police stormed her office building after she texted her sister to tell her there was an active shooter as an April Fools prank

  • Pamela Sisco, 57, texted her sister about an active shooter at her workplace on Thursday morning
  • Sisco works at a Navistar Plant in Springfield, Ohio
  • Her sister immediately called 911, which responded to the plant in two minutes
  • After 18 minutes, deputies learned of the prank and cleared the active threat
  • Sisco admitted to law enforcement that the text to her sister was a joke
  • She has been charged with inducing panic and disrupting public services

A 57-year-old woman has been arrested after pranking her sister on April Fools’ Day by claiming there was an active shooter at work. 

Pamela Sisco of New Carlisle has been charged with inducing panic and disrupting public services following the text messages she sent to her sister.

Her first court appearance was set for Friday morning. 

Sisco, who works as a Navistar Plant in Springfield, texted her sister around 11:45am on Thursday, saying there was an active shooter at her own workplace. 

Pictured: The Navistar Plant in Springfield, where the false active shooter threat was made

The sister, who has not been named, quickly called 911.

‘She said there was a guy that got fired yesterday and he came in with a gun and they are barricaded with the lights off in an office,’ the sister said to a dispatcher, according to WHIO.

‘She sent me a text, and I’m afraid to text her if they are barricaded and hiding.’ 

Multiple police agencies responded to the call, with deputies arriving within two minutes and entering the plant before learning of the prank.

About 18 minutes passed between the initial 911 call and the determination that there was no active threat. 

Workers and their family members believed the active shooter threat was real when the large police response arrived at the facility.

‘They held us at gunpoint and we had to basically put our hands up and walk to them,’ employee Michelle Newman said of the harrowing ordeal.

On March 16, eight people were killed at three different spas in a mass shooting in Atlanta

Six days later, a mass shooting at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado left 10 people dead

Toni Hamilton, whose son works at the plant, was also terrified as Thursday’s drama unfolded.

‘I didn’t know if I was going to talk to my son again in those seconds. It was horrible.’

According to the Dayton Daily News, Navistar has suspended Sisco pending the results of an investigation.

DailyMail.com has reached out to Navistar for comment on the incident. 

Maj. Chris Clark also admonished Sisco for her alleged crime, saying: ‘She put a lot of people in danger today over a stupid joke.’

Two days ago, four people were killed in a mass shooting in Orange, California

‘It’s a sick joke that’s what it is, and it’s not a joke as far as I’m concerned,’ Sheriff Deb Burchett added.

CNN reports Sisco has admitted to law enforcement the fact that the text was an April Fools’ Joke. 

The joke is in particularly poor taste following the 20 mass shootings that have occurred in the two weeks since the shooting in the Atlanta area that left eight people dead, including six Asian women.

Other notable mass shootings in recent weeks include the shooting at a King Soopers supermarket in Boulder, Colorado that left 10 dead on March 22, as well as a shooting in Orange, California on March 31 that left four dead, including a child.

In March, there were almost 4.7 million background checks conducted by the FBI, a record number for a single month.

Background checks don’t correlate with gun sales, but they serve as a good indicator of how many sales are taking place in a single month.

Two bills passed the House of Representatives in March aimed at expanding background checks and closing loopholes related to background checks.

The bills are likely to face resistance in the Senate, however, where at least 10 Republicans will need to support the legislation to make it filibuster-proof. 


March 16: Eight people, including six Asian women, are killed in three separate shootings at spas in the Atlanta area. Suspect Robert Aaron Long, 21, has not been charged specifically with a hate crime in the incident.

March 17: Five people are shot in a drive-by shooting in Stockton, California while preparing a vigil. None suffer life-threatening injuries.

March 18: Four people are shot and hospitalized after being shot at a motel in Gresham, Oregon.

March 20: Five people are shot at a nightclub in Houston, Texas. One person is listed in critical condition with a neck injury, while the four others are listed in stable condition following the shooting.

March 20: An illegal party in Philadelphia leads to five people being shot, with one dying from their injuries.

March 23: 10 people are killed in a shooting at a King Soopers supermarket in Boulder, Colorado. 21-year-old Ahmad Al Aliwi Al-Issa, who was shot in the leg, is charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder.

March 23: Four people are shot at an Aliceville, Alabama home, including two high school students. Two people, including one high school student, die in the shooting.

March 26: Seven people are shot by two suspects outside of the Golf and Social Club bar in Philadelphia. Three victims suffer critical injuries, while four are initially listed in stable condition.

March 26: Four people are shot in Norfolk, Virginia, including three teenagers. None suffer life-threatening wounds.

March 26: Two suspects open fire at a gathering in the Wrightwood neighborhood of Chicago, wounding seven and killing one.

March 26: Three shootings take place in Virginia Beach, Virginia, though it’s not clear if they’re linked. Eight people are injured and two are killed in the shootings. 

March 27: Five people are shot in Memphis, with three killed and one suffering critical injuries. Suspect Michael Tucker is later found dead at a motel, potentially of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

March 27: Three are injured and one are killed when someone in a vehicle fires upon a party bus in River Gorge, Illinois.

March 27: Seven people are injured during a nightclub shooting in Yazoo City, Mississippi, with six people suffering gunshot wounds. 

March 28: Four people in an SUV are hit by gunfire on Interstate 57 in Chicago. All four go to the hospital in critical condition.

March 28: Seven people are shot in a nightclub in Cleveland, Ohio, potentially by multiple suspects.

March 28: A man killed his parents before killing two people at a convenience store in Essex, Maryland. He later takes his own life. 

March 31: Five people are shot in Washington DC following a dispute in the Congress Heights neighborhood, with two killed.

March 31: Four people, including a child, are killed at an office complex in Orange, California. Six people in total were shot, with the surviving two hospitalized. 

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