Saugus police investigating alleged ‘swatting’ incident

SAUGUS, MASS. (WHDH) - Saugus police are investigating a possible swatting incident on Friday.

Officers responding to a reported shooting with a barricaded suspect in the area of 19 Pranker Road about 2:24 p.m. determined the call was a hoax aimed at eliciting a large police response.

Police say the caller, who called Saugus police’s non-emergency phone number, suggested that they had committed the shooting and threatened to open fire on responding officers.

Saugus police responded to the scene and established a perimeter.

About the same time, the homeowner showed up at the police station to report that their son had been threatened online and confirmed that nobody was inside the residence, according to police.

Officers were granted entry into the home by the resident and confirmed that the residence was secure.

Police say that officers did not have to force entry into the home, and no one was hurt during this incident

The incident remains under investigation.

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