Junction City Police investigate "swatting" incident

Junction City Police and neighboring agencies responded to the address he gave, only to find that is was a "swatting" incident.

Posted: Jun 23, 2018 7:27 PM

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. -- Police in Junction City are looking for a man who prank called them about armed intruders at an unsuspecting home.

They received a call at 2:00 p.m. Friday. Police said a man told them there were five people with guns in his home and that he had barricaded himself in his bathroom.

Junction City Police and neighboring agencies responded to the address he gave, only to find that is was a "swatting" incident, which is when a person makes a fake call to police to get a lot of officers at a particular address.

Sergeant Jeff Hughes was on that call and said although the homeowner had no idea what was going on, they had to treat it as if it was a real call.

"We want to make sure the person who comes out, like in this instance the homeowner came out, we want to make sure there are not other family members or other people being held in the house and that person is acting under duress," Sgt. Hughes said. "We want to make sure we're not leaving any circumstance unsafe for the people in the home, for us, and for the people in the neighborhood."

He said these calls not only waste resources but put people in danger too. Making a false police report is a crime, and police said they're working on several leads to identify the caller.

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