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BEND, OR (KPTV) - A large police presence responded to a Bend barber shop, but officers believe it was due to a hoax “swatting” call.

The Bend Police Department received a call at 3:13 p.m. Wednesday from a male who said he was going to physically harm several people inside of Sal’s Barber Shop, including Sal.

Police responded to the scene on Sough Highway 97, along with a K-9 officer, the Central Oregon Emergency Response Team and Community Emergency Response Team negotiators.

Officers set up around the area of the barber shop, but then saw people coming and going from the business without being in distress.

Several people were contacted and said they were not alerted to any abnormal activity at the barber shop.

Investigators now believe this was a swatting incident involving a prank caller purposely trying to create a police response at a specific location.

Police said there is no credible threat to the community and the investigation is continuing into this case.

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