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Police Respond To Stamford 'Shooting' After Fake 911 Call

Stamford Police responded to a home on a report of a shooting Friday night, only to find out that the 911 call was a prank, according to the Stamford Advocate.
Stamford Police responded to a home on a report of a shooting Friday night, only to find out that the 911 call was a prank, according to the Stamford Advocate. Photo Credit: File

STAMFORD, Conn. — Police responded to a Briarwood Road home in Stamford on Friday night after receiving a 911 call that someone had been shot, only to find out it was a prank, according to the Stamford Advocate.

The person who called 911 said that someone had been shot while the teen who lives in the Briarwood Road home was live-streaming a video game, the Stamford Advocate reported. When officers arrived, they met with the teen, who was fine and said nobody had been shot, according to the Stamford Advocate. The teen told police that he had received three prank calls that night, including one that said the FBI was going to raid his home, according to the Stamford Advocate.

Police told the Stamford Advocate that the prank calls and the 911 calls came from fake phone numbers. The practice of prank calling 911 in order to get police to respond is commonly known as swatting, though police told the Stamford Advocate that the SWAT team did not respond and that the family who lived in the home were cooperative.

Police are investigating the prank calls, the Stamford Advocate reported.

Click here to read the Stamford Advocate story.

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