Greenfield police: 'Swatting' incident led to police response

Greenfield police blocked off several streets to investigate what turned out to be a prank call about a shooting. (WTHR photo)

GREENFIELD, Ind. (WTHR) - Police in Greenfield say a "swatting" situation resulted in a major police response west of downtown Tuesday evening.

Greenfield police posted to Facebook that the activity is ongoing in the 700 block of West Main Street, just east of the intersection of Main and Broadway. Main Street is the name for U.S. 40 as it passes through Greenfield.

Public Announcement!!! The Greenfield Police Department has an active SWAT incident and request citizens in the...

Posted by Greenfield Police Department on Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Police urged residents in the area to shelter in place as a safety precaution. Several streets were closed in the area, police said, including Main and North streets from Wilson Street to Broadway Street and South Street from Center Street to Broadway.

Shortly after 7:30 p.m., police told Eyewitness News a "swatting" call was behind the incident. Swatting is a form of prank calling intended to draw a police response like this to someone's home when there is no emergency at all.

Greenfield Police Deputy Chief Matt Holland said the department received a call at 6:51 p.m. from someone claiming to have shot someone at a home on West Main Street.

"Total false info reported," Holland tweeted. "It is unfortunate that someone thinks it is funny or gets a thrill from making a false report of this nature. Our detectives are investigating the origin of the call. Thankfully, everyone is safe and nobody was hurt."

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