HOWLAND, Ohio (WKBN) – Multiple police and fire departments were in Howland on Saturday evening, investigating what turned out to be a “swatting” call.
There were between 75 and 100 officers from multiple departments on Pegotty Drive NE and Raccoon Road NE.
“Well, our officers received a 911 call that a son had shot his mother on Pegotty Drive and the mother was dead in the kitchen and the son was held up inside the house, armed and stated he would shoot anybody that approached the residence,” said Howland Police Chief Nick Roberts.
Roberts says they called for backup and surrounded the house. With the help of the other departments, they were able to put the pieces together.
“We were able to locate our alleged victim and suspect who told us they were both fine and had no idea what was going on. So, right now, we’re going to treat this as a swatting call,” said Roberts.
Swatting is when someone makes a prank call to emergency services in order to get a large number of police officers at a specific address.
“We were able to make contact with the home owner, who is out of town, currently working, and advised us she’s not familiar with a suspect or the victim,” Roberts said.
According to the police chief, they will be tracing the initial call to find out who made it.
“What’s going through our mind is, number one, we want to make sure we don’t have any victims laying inside that house who need medical attention and, number two, we want to make sure the surrounding neighbors are safe, and we just hold our perimeter until we can get to the bottom of exactly what’s going on,” Roberts said.
The roads are now back open after they were blocked during the investigation.