West Rox Swatting, 04/17/2020

At approximately 18:44 hours on April 17th, 2020 a call was placed to 911 for a possible person shot at 104 Greaton Road in West Roxbury, the caller also made threats to the call-taker towards Law Enforcement as well as making mention to a possible explosive device. Boston Police officers from District E-5, The SWAT team, EOD, Command Staff and negotiators responded as well as Boston EMS and Boston Fire personnel. A Code 99 was declared, and the house was cleared with out incident. An elderly person, who is believed to not be involved, was located inside the residence unharmed. The call is believed to be a malicious hoax possibly tied to another incident of similar nature that occurred earlier in the day in a neighboring town.

Luckily no one was injured in this incident, however calls like these are no joke. Incidents like these often, referred to as swatting, are a form of criminal harassment, and a tactic of deceiving an emergency service into sending a police and emergency service response team to another person’s address. This can lead to  devastating endings with innocent people injured or killed. Because if the professionalism of all that responded today, there was no unintended consequences. Strong work by all who responded.