UPDATED: Janesville Police investigate "swatting" incident

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Updated: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 --- 9:20 p.m.

Janesville Police are investigating what they describe as a "swatting" incident on Sunday. A 9-1-1 caller reported he had shot his mother and had his brother hostage, prompting a full-scale SWAT response.

Law enforcement on scene determined it was a hoax.

Swatting is a trend hitting cities nationwide. It involves someone making up a situation to generate a SWAT response.

"It certainly isn't funny. It's putting our officers at risk, our citizens at risk," said Janesville Deputy Police Chief John Olsen.

NBC15 acquired the 9-1-1 audio from Sunday's incident. The caller told dispatch he had a rifle in his hand and was going to go shoot his brother.

Multiple agencies responded, limiting law enforcement resources.

"Not only does it have a negative impact on the city, it also impacted the county that day. Any other calls for service, non-emergency, more routine calls, they stacked and citizens had to wait because we had to deal with this," Olsen said.

Olsen didn't know the exact cost for this hoax, but he said "it adds up" with the multiple officers who were called to respond.

Police are investigating who was behind the call. Anyone found making a false report like this can face felony charges.

"Whether they were mad at somebody making the phone call, or they thought it was funny, it's serious and that's how we handle it," Olsen said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Janesville Police at 608-757-2244.

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Posted on Sunday, August 24, 2014 -- 9:18 p.m.

Around 4:15 p.m., Rock County Dispatch responded to a call of a hostage situation at 329 East Racine Street in Janesville.

The suspect who made the call said that he was at the two-unit duplex. He said that he had shot his mother with a rifle, and had a child with him. He later made a comment that if anyone came to the residence, he would shoot them.

SWAT teams were called to the scene when police thought they heard something from inside the duplex.

One of the teams entered the place and found no one was inside. Police then went to the second unit of the duplex and also found no one there. One of the two units is occupied by someone.

Police are investigating the situation and are looking into false 911 calls.


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