Brownstown man arrested on false reporting charges

A 50-year-old Brownstown man faces false reporting charges after he called 911 to report his son had been shot, according to police.

John David Francis faces the preliminary Class A misdemeanor charge from an incident late Sunday.

Jackson County Sheriff’s Department Officer Zach Elliott said a man called police at 11:14 p.m. from a residence in the 1700 block of East County Road 300N in Shieldstown.

The man told dispatchers Francis knocked on his door and asked him to call police because his son had been shot.

When police arrived, they found Francis’ son inside a camper near the residence with no injuries. The man told police his father exited the camper and he didn’t know why he wanted to call police.

Francis was with the caller inside his residence when police arrived, Elliott said.

Officers surveyed the area but did not find anyone with a gun or any evidence of a shooting, police said.

The incident follows a weekend where police had been called for two previous incidents involving Francis, police said.

Elliott said police were called Friday because Francis was running through a wooded area near someone’s residence and thought someone was chasing him. Another incident occurred Saturday where Francis arrived at a residence and wanted to contact his son.

No one at the residence knew his son, police said, and the vehicle Francis was driving at that time also was not registered and was towed away.

Francis was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 12:08 a.m. and released at 12:24 a.m.

A Class A misdemeanor is punishable by up to a year in jail upon conviction.

Elliott was assisted by Officer J.L. McElfresh and Brownstown Police Department Officer Ryan Cherry.