Police Respond To Likely ‘Swatting’ Call

Photo by Zak Bushey.

Officers arrived in force Saturday night and contained an occupied home in what is believed to be a “swatting” incident.

Police responded around 8:19 p.m. to a home in the 600 block of East Cypress Avenue when a male caller alleged he had murdered someone and would open fire on responding officers, said Lt. Matt Egan of Glendora Police.

Police contained the residence and the lone occupant exited the home and was cooperative with officers, advising he did not make any phone calls, Egan said.

Police developed information regarding the victim’s extended family in the 1000 block of East Jedburgh Street. Officers contained the home of the resident to make sure they were safe as well. The resident was home, spoke with police and said they were fine, but had been the victim of identity theft, Egan said.

Police are unsure where the call may have originated from.

For those not familiar with the recent incididents of Swatting, according to Wikipedia, “Swatting is the act of deceiving an emergency service (via such means as hoaxing an emergency services dispatcher) into dispatching an emergency response based on the false report of an ongoing critical incident”.