PALM COAST, Fla. – One scary name after one other flooded the Flagler County Sheriff’s Workplace on Sunday.
“Yeah, I’ve shot my mom within the head,” one caller advised dispatch.
“My title is definitely Jazzy and I’ve bought a hostage proper now, and I would like $20,000 delivered to the home proper now,” somebody stated in one other name.
Investigators say they bought three pretend calls.
“These pranksters, if you’ll, are attempting to get police to reply to a vital incident and present up with the SWAT workforce, rescue vans and so forth,” stated Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly.
It’s known as “swatting.” It’s taking place throughout Central Florida and the nation.
Simply final month, first responders in Volusia County surrounded a house in Deltona after somebody claiming to be a teen advised dispatchers that he shot his dad and mom. Deputies confirmed as much as discover a confused house owner.
“It’s a really harmful prank,” Staly stated.
Not solely does it put responders and the sufferer in danger, but it surely additionally takes away valuable sources.
The Flagler County Sheriff’s Workplace stated on Sunday: “Deputies arrived on the scene of those emergencies and have been in a position to shortly decide that it was a swatting name and there was no hazard to the general public.”
“On this case, we recognized a minimum of one of many numbers as being generally utilized in swatting calls,” Staly stated.
Officers say the offender used the identical spoofed quantity. Now, the search is on for the individual on the opposite finish of the road.
“If we are able to show the case, I’ll guarantee you that we are going to arrest individuals for doing this,” Staly stated.