CHILTON, Wis. (WFRV) – Chilton police are looking into a swatting incident overnight, the second such incident in our area in a month.
Swatting is making a fake 911 call that brings out law enforcement unnecessarily.
Four departments responded to a home on Madison Street in Chilton, Wednesday night, when a 911 caller claimed that a father had murdered his wife and children at that address.
Investigators are now working with the targeted family to find the person responsible for the call.
While that family did not want to go on camera, they have quite a tale to tell Local 5’s Millaine Wells.
The homeowner noticed police closing the road before going to bed, but did not think twice about it.
However, an hour later, red and blue flashing lights woke him up.
He went to the window and was ordered outside with his hands up.
It took investigators just moments to discover he was being set-up.
“It has got to be pretty upsetting to them” says neighbor Edward Berg.
The swatting incident is the talk of the town in Chilton. “It is a little unnerving to find out you have a SWAT team moving around in your backyard” Berg says.
He slept through the incident, just like the family targeted by the prank.
A mom, dad and seven kids were totally unaware that the SWAT team surrounded their home following a 911 call.
The SWAT team tried calling this family several times but they tell me they never got an answer. That’s because the phone was off the hook. The family said they were receiving several prank phone calls and unplugged their phone to get some sleep.
Those prank calls could be a clue to who set this family up, for a visit from the SWAT team.
“They are raising their kids and everything. They are homeschooling them. They are a young family. They have not done anything wrong” Berg says.
Swatting incidents around the nation have been linked to the gaming community. The family says their kids do play video games online, but were not on any electronic devices Wednesday.
Berg says “You know we live in a whole different world now. People do not have concern for other people anymore. They just think they can prank whoever they want to prank”.
Neighbors are happy police took the call seriously, but would have appreciated more information.
“I would have liked to see a knock on the door to say ok be quite, there is a problem over there” Berg says.
The family can not think of anyone who would target them. Though this was unsettling, they are not worried about their safety.