WilCo: Hoax 911 call led to SWAT callout

August 17, 2018 - 8:50 am

WILLIAMSON COUNTY (KJCE) -- An apparent hoax 911 call prompted a SWAT callout Thursday night, and now officials are looking for the source of the call.

Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody reported a potentially dangerous situation in the 8100 block of Anderson Mill Road just after 5 p.m. Thursday. A caller to 911, described as a "distressed male", said he was going to barricade himself in his apartment.

WCSO deputies, along with Austin Police SWAT officers, responded to the scene. Neighbors in the area were told to stay inside, and traffic along Anderson Mill Road and West Parmer Lane was blocked.

After some time, SWAT officers determined the apartment in question was empty and its residents were safely elsewhere.

The caller told 911 dispatchers he had "too much" meth, mentioned pipe bombs, claimed he shot his wife and threatened to "shoot up everyone" in the frantic, minute-long recording released by Chody later Thursday evening.

Chody said the call is a case of "SWATting", where a prank call is made to emergency services in an attempt to draw a large response. In a tweet, he called the incident a "dangerous and expansive resource draining hoax."

Anyone with information on the suspect who made the 911 call is asked to call (512) 943-1300 or Williamson County Crime Stoppers at (800) 253-7867.

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