Tactical rescue unit responds to ‘swatting’ call in Milton, Ont.

Halton Regional Police are investigating a case of 'swatting.'. @HRPS

Halton Regional Police say they’re investigating after someone falsely claimed a murder had taken place in Milton, Ont., prompting officers to rush to a home in the city.

Police say they received a call Tuesday morning from a man saying he had shot and killed another man.

Two nearby elementary schools were put in a precautionary hold and secure as police responded to the alleged incident.

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However, after police arrived at the address, including officers from the tactical rescue unit, they said the call was unsubstantiated and that it was an example of “swatting.”

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“Swatting” is a criminal offence involving a dangerous prank call to the police, when a caller makes a false report with the express purpose of having emergency resources dispatched.

Police say false reports can affect a community’s safety and well-being.

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