Cayuga County woman arrested for testing 988 lifeline with fake suicide threat

MONTEZUMA, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Around 5:53 a.m. on Saturday, April 6, Cayuga County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to an address in the Town of Montezuma for a reported suicidal person.

Deputies contacted the National Sucicide Prevention Hotline, 988, for more information since the person originally contacted them via text.

The person had texted 988, stating that they had a gun and were going to commit suicide with it, the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office said.

When deputies arrived at the home, they found Lynn Gislason, who told deputies that she was not suicidal and was testing the 988 system. Gisalson said she determined that the system failed, according to the sheriff’s office.

After she confirmed to the deputies she texted the hotline, telling them she had a gun and was going to commit suicide, Gislason was arrested and charged with falsely reporting an incident in the third degree.

Gislason was issued an appearance ticket for Wednesday, April 17, in the Montezuma Town Court.

Photo courtesy of the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office.

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