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'Swatting' hoax 911 call leads police to Forest Grove home

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FOREST GROVE, OR (KPTV) -

A 911 call that prompted police to swarm a Forest Grove home Tuesday night turned out to be a "swatting" hoax.

Officers received a report around 6:10 p.m. that a woman had been shot in the 3300 block of Main Street. The caller reportedly told dispatch that the suspect had barricaded himself in a room with the victim.

When police arrived they began shutting down streets in the area. Police made contact with people inside the home who were fully cooperative and said no such incident had happened.

Police said during the investigation, the homeowner said that he was an avid online gamer and this was not his first experience with swatting calls.

The homeowner said two years ago, a prank call of a gas leak in his home was made which resulted in a fire department response. The homeowner thinks someone in the online gaming community is responsible for both incidents.

“Swatting” is essentially making a prank call to 911 using technology to make it appear that an emergency call is coming from someone else's phone.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Forest Grove Police (503) 992-3260.

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