Authorities thought they were responding to a case of domestic abuse after neighbors reported a woman screaming hysterically and a man shouting: "Die! Die!"
Instead, they arrived to find a man trying to kill a spider.
Police in Sydney, Australia said they received multiple calls reporting furniture being moved, a woman screaming and a man shouting: "I'm going to kill you!"
When police cars responded to the address at 2 a.m. on Sunday, an "out-of-breath and rather flushed" man opened the door, according to the Harbourside LAC – NSW Police Force, which documented the event on its Facebook page.
"Where's your wife?" police said they asked the man.
When the man said he had no wife or girlfriend and was home alone, police asked: "Come on mate, what have you done to her?"
The "sheepish" man eventually confessed: "It was a spider."
When police asked about the woman who had been heard screaming, he responded: "That was me. I really, really hate spiders."
"After a very long pause, some laughter and a quick look in the unit to make sure there was no injured party (apart from the spider) we left," police said in the Facebook post.
Police said that the man had been chasing the spider around his apartment with bug spray. They did not say which type of spider was involved, but said it was "rather large."