Ga. Teen Charged With Causing Bogus Pa. SWAT Alert

APOLLO, Pa. (AP) — A 17-year-old Georgia  boy has been charged with sending a bogus computer message that prompted a SWAT response at a western Pennsylvania home.

Police in Gwinnett County, Ga. and Westmoreland County, Pa. are not identifying the boy because of his age.

But he’s been charged in Georgia with sending a message to Westmoreland County 911 dispatchers on Jan. 8, claiming a woman had been shot and that a gun-wielding man remained at a home in Washington Township, about 35 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

Such incidents are referred to as “swatting” because they’re an attempt to provoke a special police response.

Authorities say the boy was chatting on a computer with a 13-year-old girl who lived at the home before sending the message.

Nobody was hurt during the police response, though the homeowner was briefly handcuffed.

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