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Swatting call sends police rushing to home

LEETONIA — Local police officers handled a swatting case Wednesday night, responding to a reported shooting at a Cherry Fork Avenue home.

Leetonia and Washingtonville officers responded to a home in the 700 block of Cherry Fork Avenue at 10:23 p.m. Wednesday in reference to a 13-year-old who had been shot.

Officers made their way to the back door and were met by a man who stuck his head outside. He was ordered to show his hands, but did not immediately comply. He eventually stepped outside, showing his hands, and confirmed there was a 13-year-old boy upstairs in bed.

Officers found the teen under his covers. He did not immediately comply with orders to show his hands, but eventually got out of bed and went to the living room.

Officers checked his phone with his parents’ permission and determined he had not been the one who called.

His parents said their son plays games with a boy who lives in the 400 block of Somer Street who may have made the call. Officers checked at that home but found nothing suspicious from the occupants.

According to Wikipedia, swatting is a criminal harassment tactic of deceiving an emergency service into sending a police and emergency service response team to another person’s address.

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