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Grand Theft Auto fan calls ambulance after shooting character on video game

By Mason White 11:17 AM December 24, 2014
David Helens 

By: Mahesh Sarin
Emergency workers were sent to a home after a man reported a shooting.

When emergency crews arrived at the home in the United Kingdom, they learned that the victim shot a Grand Theft Auto character in a video game.

David Helens, 25, of South Shields, Tyne and Wear, called emergency services to report that his friend had been shot.

Helens had been playing a long session of the violent video game when he called emergency services, saying that his friend “Max” was bleeding badly.

He told emergency operators that Max is going in and out of consciousness after being shot. He then said that he thought Max was dead.

Helens cried and screamed after his favorite character was shot, causing the dispatcher to send two ambulances to his home.

Helens was arrested and pleaded guilty to making a false call, which lasted for 12 minutes. He was sentenced to a 12 month community order.

He was ordered to complete 120 hours of unpaid work, and he will be subject to a supervision requirement for 18 months. He must also pay $225 in costs and a victim surcharge.