Updated 2:30 p.m.: A man called Montgomery County police Thursday morning claiming he had shot someone and might cause further violence, but police said they determined the report was “fictitious.”
Police officers and emergency responders came to a house in the 3900 block of Ferrara Drive in Wheaton before noon to investigate a possible hostage and domestic violence situation, Capt. Paul Starks, a police spokesman, said. When they entered the house, they found it unoccupied.
Police are investigating the incident as a possible “swatting” call, which is usually a prank call to emergency responders that is an attempt to draw a large police presence to a given location.
The man had called the department’s 3rd District station and reported that he had shot a woman in the house he was in and “talked about other violence,” he said.
That threat necessitated a large response, and more than 40 officers, including a SWAT team and a hostage negotiator were on the scene, Starks said.
“While we’re happy that no one was injured or dead, this type of scam call, sometimes called a swatting, is a terrible waste of resources,” Starks said. “We are now working on determining who is behind initiating this call. We’re looking to identify that person or persons and then charge them.”