Arlington PD issues warning on fake 911 swatting calls

Swatting, a prank phone call to 911, to bring first responders to a fake situation is nothing new.

But Arlington police want to warn that they will track you down if you make one to their city.

Arlington police want people to know they take swatting incidents very seriously. In a recent case, they are still trying to match a caller’s voice to the man who made a fake 911 call.

Police say the swatting 911 call came from what appeared to be an Arlington address. The caller said he had just shot his neighbor and wanted to surrender to police, but he did not want to put the gun down. It caused roughly 15 Arlington officers to respond to the priority call and surrounded the home with weapons drawn.

"Very scary ordeal for the residents,” said Arlington Police Lt. Chris Cook. “They were crying. They were upset, not knowing the confusion that exists. Then, very quickly we determined this is a prank call."

Police say the family inside the home had no idea what was going on but complied with police commands and no one got hurt.

Detectives believe a computer was used to mask the source of the call. They are now trying to determine the actual number and trace it back to the caller.

Police say if they find the man responsible, he'll face the most serious charges the can put on him and will ask for the maximum punishment under the law.

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