Summit County Sheriff investigating ‘swatting’ hoax in Park City

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PARK CITY, Utah, Jan. 27, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — The Summit County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a man made a “swatting” call in the early hours of Sunday morning saying he’d just shot his girlfriend in Park City.

Summit County officials said the call came in just before 1 a.m from an address in the area of White Pine Canyon Road.

The man told officials he had shot his girlfriend with an assault rifle and would need a hostage negotiator.

Summit County Sheriff’s officials went to the address, assisted by Park City Police Department.

There was no response at the residence and after officials gained entry, they found the home was not occupied.

It was determined that the call, which came in from a California number, was a hoax. At this time there is no further information about who made the call.

“Swatting” is the practice of making a prank call to emergency services in an attempt to bring about the dispatch of a large number of armed police officers to a particular address.



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