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Police probing emergency call as 'swatting' incident

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. (AP) - An emergency call that led Willimantic police to close down streets Saturday night is being investigated as a possible "swatting" incident. The caller claimed to be a juvenile male and said he had a firearm and was planning on killing his parents and then himself. Adjacent residents were evacuated and a reverse 911 call warned nearby residents to shelter in place. But when officers arrived at the multifamily residence they found no one matching the description of the caller. Police are considering the incident an example of "swatting," the name given to a hoax emergency call designed to provoke a response by a SWAT team.


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