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LISTEN: Police release 911 audio in Toronto-area ‘swatting’ incident

WATCH: A Toronto-area family has become the latest victim of a terrifying prank known as “swatting.” Heavily armed police burst into their home in the middle of the night. As Eric Sorensen reports, it was all a stupid trick that police say put the whole community in danger.

TORONTO – York Regional Police have released 911 audio from a case of “swatting” that prompted a heavy police response at a Toronto-area home over the weekend.

In the recording, the unknown caller tells the dispatcher that his father had an assault rifle and had shot his mother.

Caller: “He’s gone crazy. He’s got his gun out.”

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Dispatcher: “What is that? What is that?”

Caller: “He’s shooting his gun.”

Dispatcher: “He’s shooting his gun? Who’s he shooting it at?”

Caller: “I don’t know. I’m hiding. Oh my God.”

Dispatcher: “Where are you hiding? Where are you hiding? Are you in the house?”

Caller: “I’m in the closet. Oh my God. Oh my God.”

Dispatcher: “Who’s at home with you?”

Caller: “My mom.”

Dispatcher: “Where’s your mom?”

Caller: “He shot her… [inaudible] in the kitchen.”

Dispatcher: “You think your father shot your mom?”

Caller: “I think so.”

LISTEN: 911 audio of swatting call in Richmond Hill

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Heavily armed officers arrived on scene at the Richmond Hill residence north of Toronto around 6 a.m. Sunday and forced their way into the home.

Once inside, police say they located two adults and two children. Homeowner Vincent Yan was handcuffed and taken into custody.

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Police quickly determined the 911 call was indeed a hoax – a situation known as “swatting.”

The dangerous act is named after police SWAT units which tricks dispatchers into believing a serious crime or emergency is taking place.

“Fake calls to 9-1-1 are not only resource intensive, but traumatic for all involved, from the family who had their door broken down, to the call-taker who took the 9-1-1 call, all the way through to the frontline officers who were responding to what they believed was an active shooter,” said York Regional Police Chief Eric Jolliffe in a media release.

It is alleged that someone had hacked Yan’s phone line when the distress call was made.

READ MORE: Home insurance, perpetrators could be forced to pay for swatting damages 

Police are investigating the hoax and whoever is behind the prank could face serious charges.

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Global News has learned York Regional Police will pay for damage done to the Richmond Hill home due to the hoax.

With files from Natalie van Rooy and Lama Nicolas

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