5 hoax calls to police departments in Northeast Ohio may be related to video game dispute

Five hoax calls lead police to out of state number

5 hoax calls to police departments in Northeast Ohio may be related to video game dispute
(Source: Michael K. Dakota)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Five calls to police appear to all be hoaxes.

On Wednesday, Dec. 12 Wickliffe and Willowick police officers responded to the 30000 block of Robert Street after receiving a call from a man claiming he had just shot a family member and was armed with a handgun.

A call from the same out of state phone number was received by the staff at Wickliffe High School a short time later from a man claiming he planted several bombs inside the building.

A search of the building was done and nothing suspicious was found.

Police believe this is swatting. Swatting is a harassment technique when a hoax call is made to send police to another person’s address.

Dispatchers received three additional calls over the next two hours, including a medical emergency, and a report of an intruder.

Detectives are investigating the incident, but believe the calls are likely to be related to some type of video game dispute.

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