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A 27-year-old Lincoln man accused of falsely reporting a gunman and a jumper at the Nebraska's State Capitol on Tuesday told police he was "sleep-talking" at the time, a department spokeswoman said.

More than 20 officers from the Nebraska State Patrol, Lancaster County Sheriff's Office and Lincoln Police Department responded to the Capitol that morning but couldn't find anyone, Officer Angela Sands said Thursday.

So a dispatcher forwarded officers the number of the person who called, and officers tracked down the caller, who claimed to be "sleep-talking" at the time, Sands said.

Police ticketed the man for falsely requesting emergency assistance, which is a misdemeanor. 

Investigators have not determined a motive in the case.



Riley Johnson reports on breaking news and public safety issues in Lincoln and southeast Nebraska.

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