EPS investigating after hoax weapons call

Dozens of emergency officials were called out to a home in east Edmonton Thursday night because of a prank known as “swatting.”

Dozens of emergency responders were called out to a home in east Edmonton Thursday night because of a prank known as “swatting.”

Members of the EPS tactical section, canine unit, Air-one and EMS were called to a home near 67 Street and 101A Avenue just after 11 p.m. after receiving a weapons complaint.

However, upon arrival at the home, they realized the weapons call was a hoax.

Police say swatting is a false report called into 911 about a serious incident often involving weapons and suggesting lives are at risk.

SWAT, the acronym for Special Weapons and Tactics, is commonly used name for special law enforcement units called out to high-risk operations.

Edmonton police say it's difficult to figure out where the call comes from and often these calls involve video gamers.

“This is a crime of public mischief,” said Insp. Regan James in a release Friday.

“These false calls can put a significant strain on emergency services and resources and affect other legitimate calls for service.”

Police are now investigating the fake call.

With files from The Canadian Press