GREENSBURG (AP) — Police have been trying to find whoever sent texts to a Westmoreland County 911 dispatch center, claiming that a man had an AK-47 rifle and five bodies in his home.
Westmoreland County emergency management spokesman Dan Stevens says the incident was a hoax known as “swatting” — so named because it’s meant to prompt a SWAT or similar police response to a home.READ MORE: State Police Looking For Missing 5-Year-Old Lenny Hatinda In Indiana County
The text was sent Jan. 7, and prompted police in Jeannette to surround the home before finding an unsuspecting homeowner inside.
One text read, “There’s five dead now and I got more today.”READ MORE: Pittsburgh Public Schools Board Approves Health And Safety Plan
Others told police the occupant of the home had the automatic rifle, a desert eagle and a grenade.
Authorities are hoping to trace the texts with the help of phone companies.Contour Airlines Announces Service Out Of Pittsburgh International Airport
(© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)