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Police Seek Hoax Caller in Swatting Incident

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    Police Seek Hoax Caller in Swatting Incident
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    Police are investigating a possible swatting incident at a Wallingford home after a call that initially came in as a person barricaded in a home with a firearm, police said.

    Police are investigating a possible swatting incident at a Wallingford home after a call that initially reported a fatal hostage situation, police said.

    Investigators are still looking for the person who placed the call.

    Officers responded to 51 Ward Street in Wallingford after a man called the Enfield Police and Fire Dispatch Center's routine phone line and said that he fatally shot a woman at the address and tied up two of her relatives there. He hung up soon after.

    Multiple officers swarmed the three-story, two-family home and set up a perimeter.

    Police evacuated the three occupants of the second floor and contacted the person who lives on the first floor and who was not home at the time, police said. That resident returned home to assist police in the investigation.

    After interviewing everyone who lives at the home, police determined that the call reporting a fatal hostage situation was probably a hoax that wasn't placed by any residents in the house, police said.

    Police established that no criminal activity happened there and that no one's lives were in danger, so they cleared the scene at 5:55 p.m.

    They are investigating the call as a swatting incident.

    Wallingford police reiterate that swatting is very dangerous and is an offense that can result in an arrest.

    Police ask anyone with information about the incident to call 203-294-2856 as they work to identify the hoax caller.