Grand Island police agencies respond to swatting 911 call

Published: May. 4, 2021 at 6:57 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Grand Island Police Department, Hall County Sheriff’s Office, Nebraska State Patrol and the GI Fire all responded to a swatting call around 8 p.m. Monday night. Swatting is defined as when someone reports a crime that did not happen.

Police got a call Monday from a male saying he’d committed multiple murders at a home on 17th street. They were able to reach out to the homeowner, who willingly walked out of the house and let them search it as she was unaware of any 911 calls.

After they cleared and searched the house, police labeled the call a swatting situation.

They say these fake calls are very problematic, especially when it’s reporting a crime that serious.

“It was just a waste of resources,” GIPD Captain Dean Elliott told Local4 News. “During that time, we were trying to call other officers in from home to work the streets so other 911 calls aren’t being answered if it’s a lower priority type of call. If it’s not life and death situation, the rest of the citizens have to wait then for that service.”

The call caused not only an unnecessary shortage of resources, but also put neighbors in a scary situation.

“You put a whole neighborhood at risk. You know, we’re coming out with weapons,” Capt. Elliott said. “They’re scared and cowering in their basements, we’re yelling at them to get in the basement. Then this lady all she sees is a bunch of weapons pointing at her house. She’s terrified, she has no idea what’s going on either.”

This investigation is still on going. Callers who do this could face terrorists threat charges, misuse of 911 and a few other charges as well.

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