EDEN, N.C. (WGHP) — Police are offering insight into what led to a heavy police presence at an Eden home.
According to the department, Rockingham County Communications received a call just before 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday from someone who said he had shot his mother and stabbed his sister and barricaded himself in the home and would shoot officers if they knocked on the door of the home on Westwood Drive.
Officers got to the address and went to work securing the perimeter and evacuating neighbors, but as they continued to investigate they found that the home was empty. The people who lived in the home were somewhere else, just outside of Eden and they were safe and unaware of what was happening.
Police say someone in the family was recording TikTok Live videos around the time the calls started to come in.
Eden Police Department say they “feel confident” that this was a swatting call. Swatting calls are prank calls to emergency services intending to generate a large response by reporting serious crimes or active incidents.
“During the past two weeks, there have been several of these incidents reported across the country,” police said in their release.
This is an active and ongoing investigation.
Anyone who has information about this swatting incident is asked to contact Lieutenant Kenyi at (336) 623-9755.