Deputies respond to Grand Mound for ‘swatting’ attempt

Upon arriving, deputies said they immediately secured the area around the home and worked quickly to verify the accuracy of the information provided in the call
Published: May. 3, 2023 at 8:21 PM CDT
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GRAND MOUND, Iowa (KWQC) - A heavy presence from the Scott County Sheriff’s Office and other assisting agencies were gathered outside a Grand Mound residence shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday evening for a reported shooting and hostage situation.

Deputies said they received a 911 call at 4:21 p.m. claiming that there was someone in a house in the 600 block of Smith Street, saying that an individual had been shot, and two other individuals were being held hostage.

Upon arriving on scene, deputies said they immediately secured the area around the home and worked quickly to verify the accuracy of the information provided in the 911 call.

After further investigation, including information provided by numerous witnesses, deputies said that the call they had received and the scene that they had arrived at, did not match, leading deputies in preliminary investigations to believe that this was a “swatting call.”

A “swatting call” is an incident where individuals report heinous crimes to law enforcement with the intent to generate a significant law enforcement response to an unwitting person, home or location, stated the media release from the Scott County Sheriff’s Office.

The media release continued on to say that deputies made contact with the occupants in the apartment building, verifying they were uninjured and no crime had occurred within the property. After which, deputies stated the occupants were quickly and safely returned to their homes.

TV6 had a crew on scene and was able to confirm the large presence and that streets were blocked off in the area.

The case remains under investigation by the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigations, according to the media release. The Clinton County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Clinton Police Department, Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Department of Motor Vehicle Enforcement, Grand Mound Fire Department, Clinton County Emergency Management, Med-Force Air Ambulance, and Genesis Ambulance.