Heather Willard / NewsBreak Denver / July 25, 2022
(Castle Rock, Colo.) The Castle Rock Police Department received a call to its non-emergency department number early July 25 regarding a shooting in the area of Eaton Street and Plum Creek Parkway.
The caller reported a shooting at a home in the area, according to the Castle Rock Police Department, and indicated the perpetrator would shoot at police if law enforcement responded.
Police dispatched several officers due to this information and quickly determined it was false.
The public was warned at about 9 a.m. to avoid the area as police investigated. At about 9:40 a.m. the department reported there was no threat to the public.
No shooting took place, according to a police release, and no injuries were found. It remains an open investigation.
The department called this a “swatting” incident, which is a fake report to law enforcement regarding an immediate threat to lives, designed to draw law enforcement and specifically SWAT teams to a particular location.
The calls have led to unnecessary violence, confusion from the residents and responding officers, and death in some cases.
The calls also draw resources from the departments nearby, preventing officers from responding to legitimate matters. Swatting motivations range from revenge to a prank.