Apr 22, 2013 at 1:46 pm
Crookston police are investigating a case of “swatting.” The prank involves tricking a dispatcher into sending out police and swat teams to an unsuspecting victim’s home under false pretenses. On Sunday the PD received a call of shots fired through the Minnesota relay system for hearing or speech disabilities. The caller stated that he got word of the shooting from a 15-year old male. Officers went to three different homes before finding the family in question safe and sound – and a juvenile male the butt of a bad joke. Crookston Police Detective Sergeant Aaron Pry says they take all calls seriously.
Detective Pry says there are consequences for making bogus calls.
Several states are working on anti-swatting laws in an effort to crack down on pranksters.