Report Of Shots Fired Turns Out To Be Prank Called “Swatting” (PHOTO & VIDEO ON “SWATTING”)

Police surrounding home on south Meridian Road south of Indiana 164 late Friday afternoon.  Photo: @DuboisCrime

Police surrounding home on south Meridian Road south of Indiana 164 late Friday afternoon.
Photo: @DuboisCrime

JASPER (NNDC) – A report of “shots fired” turned out to be a prank call.   Indiana State, Dubois County and Jasper police officers were called to a home on South Meridian Road at about 4:45pm Friday on a report of “shots fired.”

Officers immediately surrounded the home with guns pulled for a short time until police talked with the homeowner and determined they had responded to a prank call.  Police do not know who made the call or where it was made from.

Meanwhile the homeowner told police she had received a call from an unknown male who told her he was going to empty her bank accounts and have a police special weapons and tactics team at her house.

Meanwhile, after further investigation, Jasper police believe the homeowner’s computer was possibly hacked and her personal information accessed.

This incident resembles a growing prank nationwide known as “swatting.”

Swatting is the of tricking an emergency service or a 911 dispatcher into dispatching an emergency response based on the false report of an ongoing critical incident.

These made up incidents often result in the unnecessary deployment of  SWAT units (thus the term “swatting”), bomb squads as well forcing evacuations of schools and businesses to a single fabricated police report.

Swatting is something that is not new but it is becoming more and more popular with online pranksters wanting to discredit someone or enact a personal vendetta.  This report is from RT News in New York…

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