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Shooting Call in North Iowa a Hoax, No Laughing Matter

Authorities in north Iowa are investigating a possible case of “swatting” earlier this week southwest of Clear Lake.

“Swatting” is when someone calls emergency services with a fake report that results in a large number of armed law enforcement personnel converging on a certain location, much like a S.W.A.T. team.  Kanawha Police say it appears that was the case Monday night around 9:30 p.m. when they and the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office were sent to the 200 block of West 9th Street in Kanawha for a possible shooting victim and an active threat.

After a couple of hours, authorities determined the incident was a hoax. An investigation is underway and anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Kanawha Police Department or the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office.

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