Police investigating after false shooting call

LANSING, MI (WLNS) – Lansing Police rushed to a home Wednesday night after someone called in a shooting.

More than a dozen patrol cars were there to handle what was called in as a shooting.

Officials say it turned out to be something very different.

Police were called here to the scene around 9:30 p.m.

Someone called a non-emergency number and reported that someone had been shot.

The call was serious enough that police sent more than a dozen cars to respond.

Police tell us pretty much every one on duty responded to the call.

They interviewed people at the house that the caller claimed to be in, but found the call was fake.

Officials say the call did not originate from the home and say that at first glance, this appears to be a case of swatting.

It’s a problem that’s serious enough to prompt the FBI to define swatting as “making a hoax call to 911 to draw a response from law enforcement, usually a swat team.”

Police tell us that calls like this tie up their resources and make other important calls go on hold.

Officials tell us that calls like this are uncommon, but Wednesday night’s fake report follows a very similar call that happened just south of Portland this weekend.

Police there say they are investigating the call and plan to seek charges.

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