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On August 17, 2019, at approximately 5:28 a.m. deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the reported shooting/barricade in the 21300 block of Carmen Woods Drive in Lexington Park.
A caller to 911 reported that he had shot his mother and would shoot any law enforcement officers who came to the residence on Carmen Woods Drive. The individual advised his mother was was bleeding and he was barricading himself in an upstairs bedroom.
Officers arrived on scene and established a perimeter. Contact by phone was established with persons in the residence, and all of the individuals in the residence eventually came out voluntarily.
It was determined no crime had been committed, nor was anyone in the home injured.
Further investigation determined this was a “swatting” incident and no one from the residence had called in the false report.
What is Swatting?
Swatting is a criminal harassment tactic of deceiving an emergency service into sending a police and emergency service response to another person’s address. This is triggered by false reporting of a serious law enforcement emergency, such as a bomb threat, murder, hostage situation, or other alleged incident. – WIKI
The action or practice of making a prank call to emergency services in an attempt to bring about the dispatch of a large number of armed police officers to a particular address. – Dictionary
VIDEO: Call to 911 from Teen Saying He Shot His Mother and Would Shoot Police Ends up Being a "Swatting" | Southern Maryland News Net
On August 17, 2019, at approximately 5:28 a.m. deputies from the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office responded to the reported shooting/barricade in the 21300 block of Carmen Woods Drive in Lexington Park.
Idiots. Glad it turned out okay and no innocent people were hurt.