Australian police were called to a home in Perth, where it was feared a screaming man was trying to kill someone.
Multiple police units responded with lights and sirens on Wednesday morning after a caller walking past a home heard a man repeatedly shout: "Why don't you die?".
A spokesperson for WA Police confirmed to The Guardian that the incident occurred, despite deleting the tweet. "The toddler inside was screaming. caller doesn't know them, but has seen them a few times when walking".
They, however, arrived to find a red-faced man with a "serious fear" of spiders who apologised for causing the ruckus while he was "trying to kill the spider".
"No injuries sighted (except to spider)".
"It's just one of those jobs where you go expecting to see one thing and see another", a police spokesman told the BBC. "No further police involvement required", the police log concluded.
"It's great that it's only an incident involving a spider".
Now, it might seem a bit over the top, but when you hear a man screaming "Why don't you die!", while also hearing a toddler crying - you'd probably jump to the same conclusion.
The post from Wanneroo Police. He said the account should have been transcribed in a separate post.
A man heard yelling at a spider, "Why don't you die?" while killing a spider prompted a full police response on Tuesday. Australia is home to almost 3,000 species of spider, including the poisonous Redback and Funnel Web.