BEND, OR -- Bend Police are investigating a report of a shooting inside a home that drew a massive law enforcement response Tuesday, but turned out to be fake. A man called 911 just after noon, and said he’d shot someone inside the house on SW Taft Avenue.
Neighbors were evacuated, medics staged in the area and roads were closed. Bend Police used armored vehicles and got help from the Central Oregon Emergency Response Team and the Sheriff's Office Special Operations Team. But when police talked to the homeowners, they said they weren’t there and gave permission for officers to enter.
Police cleared the building and determined there was no shooting. They cleared the scene at about 1:30 p.m. It appears to be another case of "Swatting" - when a falsely person reports a serious crime in an effort to bring a massive law enforcement response to a specific location.
A criminal investigation is now underway into the call.