(Jefferson County) A De Soto family recently fell victims to what officials call “Swatting” which is defined as “the action or 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”.
The incident happened on July 9th at a home in the 2300 block of Yellow Rock West Road in the De Soto area.
According to Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Grant Bissell, dispatch received a call from a transfer service which connects Skype calls to local 9-1-1 centers.
Contact was made with the transfer service and they advised there was no way to determine the actual location of the caller and efforts made to call back the reporting party were unsuccessful.
Deputies then made contact with the woman inside the residence and from that point they were able to determine the initial call for the emergency situation was a hoax.
Situations like this are commonly referred to as “Swatting” and is commonly centered around when people are interacting online.
The incident is under investigation by the sheriff’s office detective bureau.