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'They claimed I shot my wife': Public officials face alarming rise in swatting
03:05 - Source: CNN
CNN  — 

The emergency police dispatch went out just before 10 p.m.: Gunfire reported at the Washington, DC, home of a prominent federal official.

A male caller said he shot his girlfriend and threatened to kill himself, according to a source familiar with the incident last Sunday.

With claims of a gunshot victim and a potentially barricaded suspect, DC metropolitan police launched officers to the residence and the city’s fire department began dispatching multiple rescue teams.

Eleven minutes later, the clipped, agitated voice of a firefighter on the scene came across the radio, instructing dispatchers to immediately halt all inbound resources.

“We’ve thoroughly searched the area with (police),” the first responder reported. “We find nothing. Return all units.”