WAKE FOREST, N.C. (WNCN) – Wake Forest Police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying and location the person responsible for making a hoax 911 call that sent a SWAT team to an innocent person’s house Thursday evening.
The incident was a case of “swatting,” which is when someone makes a fake 911 call to draw a response from law enforcement – usually a SWAT team.
Wake Forest officials released two 911 calls related to the incident.
The first is a short call made by someone who claims his brother just shot his other brother.
“My brother just shot my other brother. I’m hiding under my bed,” the the caller says. “He’s looking for me. He has bombs. He’s going to blow the house up.”
A second, longer and expletive filled call was also made in connection with the incident.
The caller threatens to “blow their brains out” and says his name is “Sean.”
The caller demands for police to show up to the house.
The dispatcher, who remains calm throughout the call, asks for the callers’ phone number.
The caller then threatens to kill someone if the dispatcher asks one more question.
“I have a .357 Magnum and I’ll kill every cop in sight,” the second caller says. “You’re going to have to dig a mass grave, (expletive).”
Swatting can be very dangerous, officials said. The incidents place innocent people and emergency personnel at risk and they also divert police attention and resources.
This swatting incident occurred at approximately 6 p.m. Thursday when a shooting was reported inside a residence in the 3100 block of Countryman Court. Wake Forest Police responded to the scene, along with the Tactical Service Unit, deputies from the Wake County Sheriff’s Office, the Wake Forest Fire Department, and Wake County EMS.
Authorities evacuated everyone along Countryman Court and then blocked the surround streets. After that point, police determined the call was a hoax.
Officials said there are currently no suspects, but the investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information concerning this incident is encouraged to call the police department at 919-554-6150. All calls are confidential.