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A regular caller on The Howard Stern show has taken credit for a prank phone call that aired during live coverage of the Los Angeles Police Department’s standoff with a man believed to be suspected triple-murderer Christopher Dorner.
The prankster, Captain Janks, called into L.A.’s CBS 2 posing as a Department of Fish and Game official. He claimed his department initially spotted Dorner, and went on to offer details of the shootout.
“We believe it was Ronnie the limo driver who filed at Mr. Dorner,” Janks said. “He was on his way to a block party and got caught in the fire-out.”
He was referring to Ronnie Mund, Howard Stern’s driver, who appears on the show. The journalist pressed Janks for more information, before the caller exclaimed, “You’re a real dumb ass. You still don’t get that this is a prank —” before getting cut off.
“Apparently, some people taking advantage of live television on a very serious day here in Los Angeles,” the journalist said.
Janks soon took credit for the prank call on Twitter. He previously was criticized for prank-calling KUSA Sky 9 in Denver following the mass shooting at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises last July. In that call, he claimed an additional victim had died in the shooting.
In addition to L.A. networks, cable networks CNN, MSNBC and Fox News Channel have been broadcasting from the shootout near Big Bear, Calif., which has resulted in the death of one deputy. The San Bernardino District Attorney’s office has asked the media not to air live helicopter shots of the area, because it is feared the suspect might be watching the news to gain information about law-enforcement movements. The D.A.’s office has also asked reporters to stop live tweeting from the scene.
The shootout started after the man believed to be Dorner burglarized a home, stole a car and led police on a chase down Highway 38. He abandoned the vehicle near Glass Road and fled on foot.
Watch the video below.
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