On Sunday morning, a distraught man called 911 saying that his father had gone crazy and was armed with an assault rifle in the house.
“He’s shooting a gun,” the man said, adding he thought his father just shot his mother and that he was next.
The dispatcher advised him to stay hidden and tried to reassure him saying that police officers were almost there.
But when York Regional Police arrived on the scene at 5:41 a.m. that Sunday, they burst through the front door only to find Vincent Yan, his wife and their two young children sleeping inside their Richmond Hill, Ont., home.
Yan and his family were the unsuspecting victims of a fake 911 call that police refer to as swatting.
What is swatting?
According to the FBI who first warned about this practice in 2008, pranksters place a convincing call to 911 about a fake emergency, such as a bomb threat or a threatening gunman, to get police — usually a SWAT team — to respond.
How does it happen?
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