The Hays Police Department is investigating a “swatting-type incident” Tuesday night.
Swatting is when a person makes a false report of an emergency situation at another person’s address, claiming a shooting, hostages or a mental health crisis, for example. It refers to the SWAT teams — special weapons and tactics — that many police forces use to respond to emergencies that might involve weapons.
Shortly before 7 p.m. Tuesday, the communications center received a call reporting a shooting and man with a weapon in the 1600 block of Elm. Hays Police Chief Don Scheibler said officers were able to determine fairly quickly the information was false.
“Some people from the special situation response team were notified, but they never really did respond because before we needed them, we figured out what was going on,” Scheibler said.
Officers on duty, as well as some off-duty officers working security at a high school basketball game nearby at Thomas More Prep-Marian, responded to the scene.
“Also the dispatchers, the communications officers, did a great job gathering information and relaying that to officers on the street,” Scheibler said. “The officers were finding things suspicious. They did a good job of gauging proper response."
The incident is still under investigation, Scheibler said.