‘Swatting’ hoax disrupts area

Published 9:43 am Tuesday, April 7, 2015

WOODBURY — A Woodbury family is the apparent target of a hoax that law enforcement said is dangerous and a big waste of public resources.

Police in tactical gear were called a house on a quiet residential street in Woodbury Monday night. A 911 caller reported a boy had supposedly shot his father. Officials said that was a false report and that the family had no knowledge of the call. The hoax is called “swatting” and can carry criminal charges if the person making the false report is caught.

Woodbury police spokeswoman Michelle Okada said it creates a potential risk for everyone involved.

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