Internet Prank Leads to Swat Team Response in Ellington

A possible shooting was reported, but it was a false alarm.

File photo
File photo

There is nothing funny about wasting taxpayers money. But unfortunately a group of “pranksters” thinks its funny. 

On Friday afternoon someone called State Police reporting a possible shooting and a man barricaded in his house at 28 Brockway Road in Ellington.  

Police responded and took the threat credibly but when they arrived it was a false alarm, and it was an example of an internet prank, WFSB 3 reports. 

The goal is to get a swat team response when there is no emergency. This has happened eight times in the past two months in Connecticut and each time it wastes taxpayers between $10,000-$20,000, WFSB reports. 

Read the full WFSB 3 report here. 

Marcie Kane July 05, 2014 at 11:46 PM
Isn't there a law against calling in a fake emergency?


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