(April 28, 2014) This all happened last week:
â€¢ In South Dakota, someone claiming to be a 16-year-old boy called the county sheriff's office and said he;d rigged his house with explosives, had already shot one of his parents, and was holding three other family members hostage. An estimated 15-20 officers were sent to the house to confront the shooter.
â€¢ In Michigan, a police dispatcher received a call from someone who claimed to have "had a bad night," was "high on drugs," was wielding a machine gun, and was going to slaughter all the hostages he was holding at his house if authorities didnâ€™t show up within 20 minutes.
â€¢ In Alberta, someone called 911 around 11 PM last Thursday claiming a house in Edmonton contained a huge cache of weapons. "Dozens of emergency responders" -- including canine units, a tactical team, police officers, and EMS workersâ€”were sent to the scene.
"To my knowledge, no one has yet died as a result of a swatting hoax gone haywire.