Kentucky state police said they believe a phone call about a possible shooting in Anderson County Tuesday night is actually a case of swat, and officers have cleared the area.
State police said they are investigating the incident, which was reported just before 5 p.m. in the Salt River Road area, just south of Lawrenceburg.
Swatting refers to “a prank to emergency services in an attempt to attract a large presence of armed police officers to a residence, potentially putting officers and civilians at risk,” the state police said in a press release. In Kentucky, it’s a felony “punishable by up to five years in prison,” the state police said.
State police asked anyone with information to call the Frankfort Post at 502-227-2221.