A toddler screaming and man repeatedly yelling, “Why don’t you die?” in a Western Australia home led a concerned passer-by to send police rushing to the address.
Turns out, the man in the Perth home had a “serious fear of spiders” and was attempting to kill an arachnid.
The Wanneroo Police, who responded to the scene, shared in a since-deleted Tweet an excerpt of the police log Wednesday.
“Caller walked past the AA and heard a male screaming out ‘Why don’t you die’ – repeatedly,” it read. “The toddler inside was screaming … Caller doesn’t know them, but has seen them a few times when walking.”
Officers later posted a follow-up after checking on the family.
“Police spoke with all parties who advised that the husband had only been trying to kill a spider (has a serious fear of spiders). Apologised for inconvenience to police,” the tweet read.
They added, “No injuries sighted (except to spider). No further police involvement required.”
Police said the tweet was later deleted because it was against protocol to share screenshots of police communications.
“There’s nothing actually wrong with the contents of it,” a spokesperson told The Guardian. “There were just some typos in it, things like that.”