Reported Hostage Incident in Jackson was "Swatting" Prank

JACKSON-On Tuesday April 4, 2017 at approximately 8:06 pm, multiple officers responded to a residence on Tilford Street after a call was received at police headquarters from an unknown phone number indicating that the caller, who claimed to be at the residence, was armed with a rifle and pipe bombs and had four hostages.

Arriving officers set up a perimeter around the house and blocked travel on nearby streets, then began to evacuate nearby residents while contact was made with the residence. After multiple attempts, contact was made with the resident who came outside and then the house was checked.

The incident reported turned out to be false as it was determined that everyone within the residence was safe. The investigation is ongoing and anyone who may have information on this incident is asked to contact Jackson Police Det. Keith Hood at 732-928-1111.

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