Officers surrounded a home for hours, calling in the SWAT team, only to discover that it was all a hoax. These swatting incidents are becoming far too common and pose frustrations and dangers for local police and neighbors. The incident unfolded on Main Street near Maple in Milford, and WLWT News Five anchor Lindsay Stone has all the details. The Clermont County Special Response Team was involved in the tense scene outside the Milford home.
Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to what turned out to be a swatting call received around 2 or 3 am. Milford police were seen with rifles in their hands, causing Greg Nowak to lock his door and retreat to the second floor of his residence.
Nowak watched as Milford police and the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office surrounded his neighbor’s home. Milford Police Chief Jamie Mills explained that the department received a call from a suicide hotline in Atlanta, reporting a text claiming that a man had shot his brother and was planning to shoot himself at the Milford house on Main Street.
After several tense hours, SWAT team officers entered two homes, leading to one resident being questioned and placed in handcuffs. Chief Mills expressed frustration with such incidents, describing them as costly and unacceptable, creating chaos for the department. Milford police is not the only department dealing with false alarms, as earlier in the week, a high school went on lockdown due to a fake threat call off-campus.
Meanwhile, Nowak expressed gratitude that nobody was harmed during the incident..