‘Swatting’ incidents happening more often

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — It was a fast, thorough and massive police response after a 911 caller claimed a disgruntled employee, who had been fired, was returning to the office building with a gun.

It happened this morning on Charter Oak Street in Hartford. And after San Bernardino, Deputy Chief Brian J. Foley says everyone is weary of the terrorist attack.

“We responded as essentially as an active shooter situation. The building was evacuated and cleared systematically and tactically after it was evacuated to make sure the threat didn’t exist,” said Foley.

Police locked down a school, roads were closed and business came to a halt. Investigators say it turned out to be a false report, or what police call, swatting, and it has been happening across the state.

From UConn to New Haven to Groton, police have brought full fire power into homes and businesses when nothing was wrong. Foley says it takes resources away from the streets and it puts people needlessly in danger.

“You have a tactical response on one end, but you also have an investigative response that is immediate, as well on the other end, to try and track down where the phone calls come from. I can tell you I was in touch with the state police and FBI today,” said Foley.

State police say they have had their fair share of swatting calls.

“Just recently, we had the kid from Wethersfield with the swatting incident at UConn, you just saw him get a conviction and a pretty hefty sentence, so these will be similar type charges on a very similar type investigation,” said Foley.

Police are hoping to make an arrest soon.

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