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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