Police departments around the country in recent years have been responding to false reports of hostage situations in a situation known as “swatting”, someone calling first responders to a “fake” emergency at someone else’s address.

The Crisis Hotline in Belmont County received a disturbing call yesterday morning about a potential shooter.

Sheriff Lucas activated the Special Operations Branch and a nearby school and Route 9 was put on lockdown.

The family surrounded by law enforcement had no idea what was going on. The ‘swatter’, if caught, will face state charges and federal charges.