Police Respond to Bogus Report of Shooting

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- A report of a shooting had Des Moines Police scrambling Thursday night.

A man who identified himself as Joseph called police at 7:25 p.m. He claimed he shot his girlfriend and that she died. He added that his niece is tied up in the bathroom and that if officers get too close he would shoot her too.

The suspect called in on an administrative line with no call back number.

A swat team was immediately called in, and police surrounded a mobile home in the 6900 block of Southeast 14th.

Inside the home officers only found a 50 year-old woman.

"She had no clue what was going on.  This was very much a surprise to her to see her trailer surrounded by the police outside," Lieutenant Joseph Leo said.

Detectives are now trying to track down the person who made the bogus call.

After the incident police contacted Hyde and learned that she had been in contact with someone on an adult dating site, according to the police report.

She said the person identified himself as a 50-year-old male from Canada with the username Pumpkin52.

Hyde told police that he was very interested in her activity and surroundings at the time of the incident. Police said that the subject may be the person who called in the false reports.

This kind of incident is known as "Swatting" and it is becoming a growing trend.

 

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