Lancaster police looking for person behind fake "swatting" 911 call

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LANCASTER, Ohio - Detectives with the Lancaster Police Department are looking for the person behind a “swatting” call.

Investigators say on August 18, dispatchers received a call from a man saying he killed his girlfriend and was threatening to kill his two children.

The caller who identified himself as “Carl” told dispatchers he lived on North Pierce Avenue. Officers, as well as several agencies, responded, closing roads and surrounding the home. Two people walked out of the home. Police say they were not connected to the call.

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Detectives believe this was a swatting call – or a call made to 911 over the internet using a hard to track IP address.

“Something like this has officers heightened, they are going to run with their lights and sirens,” Lancaster Police Detective Ernest King said.

“If another crime were to happen to go down that was a real event, we’re minimizing our ability to respond to that.”

Detectives are reaching out to other agencies to determine if anyone has received similar calls. The department is also contacting internet providers for help with tracing the IP address.