Saugus police is investigating a phony shooting report Friday afternoon that was intended to prompt a large police response, officials said.
The alleged “swatting” incident unfolded when a caller, who has not been identified, phoned Saugus police’s non-emergency line at 2:42 p.m. to report a resident at 19 Pranker Road had been shot and that another resident was barricaded inside, police said in a statement.
The caller threatened to open fire on responding officials and suggested they had shot the reported victim, police said. Saugus police responded to the house and set up a perimeter.
Meanwhile, the homeowner went to the police station, to report that their son had received a threat online and that nobody was inside the house, police said.
The resident granted officers entry to the house, who confirmed it was secure. No injuries were reported.
Armstrong Ambulance and the Saugus and Lynn fire departments assisted Saugus police on scene.
The incident is under investigation.Alejandro Serrano can be reached at email@example.com.