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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Crookston Police: Local teen 'swatted' as part of 911 call reporting shooting

  • Law enforcement go to three different residences before Sunday call is determined to be a prank.
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  •     In response to a 911 call late Sunday afternoon reporting a shooting in Crookston involving a juvenile, Crookston Police officers and Polk County deputies went to three different residences in town before determining that the call was only a prank.
        Specifically, the 15-year-old juvenile, who was identified by the 911 caller who used the MN Relay System (a free telcommunications service that allows people with hearing or speech disabilities to place and receive telephone calls), was, according to CPD Detective Sgt. Aaron Pry, “Swatted.” 
        That’s the name for the prank that’s been occurring across the country, and involves someone calling 911 to report the occurrence of a major crime, which triggers a police and/or SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics Team) response to an unsuspecting victim’s home under false pretense.
        According to Pry, the 911 call was made at 4:46 p.m. Sunday, reporting a shooting at 701 Washington Ave. in Crookston. The MN Relay System caller claimed he/she had received a phone call from the juvenile from Crookston, who reported the shooting.
        Officers, deputies and Crookston Area Ambulance Service personnel subsequently converged at 701 Washington Ave., where they discovered no shooting had occurred and that the family had moved from that address. Law enforcement then went to 111 1/2 North Main, found no shooting there, either, and learned that the family had moved from that address. The next stop was 103 East 9th St., where the juvenile male and his family were located safe and unharmed. That’s when law enforcement realized the juvenile had been “Swatted.”
        The case remains under investigation.

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