CARROLLTON, Texas - A Carrollton family is forced out of their home in the middle of the night after a swatting prank call sends police and the SWAT team to their door.
Swatting is the term for when someone makes a fake emergency call to get the SWAT team to respond.
Early Monday morning a man called Addison, Farmers Branch and Carrollton police about an armed man barricaded in a neighborhood near Josey Lane and Keller Springs Road. The caller said he'd shot his mother and planned to shoot more people in the home then himself.
Pete Alonzo woke up to a phone call from police around 2 AM asking if everyone inside the house was OK. He thought it had to be a mistake. When he came to the front door, he found police swarming the neighborhood.
"Once i stepped out, I wasn't going to go back in because they told me to start walking towards the street with my arms up in the air," Alonzo said.
Alonzo wasn't wearing shoes or a shirt. His wife, sons and three grandchildren all had to file out of the house too while police searched the home and confirmed it was a false alarm.
“It was a SWAT call because of the nature of the call that we got. We got here and determined this was a false alarm. This was a fake call, what we call a swatting incident,” said Jolene DeVito with the Carrollton Police Department.
Police said there was a similar swatting incident at Hebron High School several years ago and it resulted in criminal charges. A 19-year-old was sentenced to 11 years in prison.
“This is a serious situation and obviously we’ll be now investigating who made this call and holding them responsible,” DeVito said.
The caller will face criminal charges when caught.