Police arrived in force at a home in Wake Forest on Thursday evening after receiving two disturbing 911 calls from a man who told an emergency dispatcher that he had tied his brother up in a closet and intended to “blow his brains out,” according to 911 recordings released Friday by the Wake Forest Police Department.
The first call was followed by a second from a man who told a dispatcher he was hiding under the bed from a sibling who had shot a member of his family.
“My brother just shot my other brother,” the sobbing caller told an emergency dispatcher. “I’m hiding under the bed. He has bombs.”
Fearing the worst, dispatchers sent a police tactical unit, patrol officers, deputies from the Wake County Sheriff’s Office, firefighters and medical workers to the 3100 block of Countryman Court in the Carriage Run community. The officers evacuated everyone in the neighborhood and cordoned off the surrounding blocks before they realized the call was a hoax.
The first call came about 6 p.m. from a “gunman” who said his name was “Shaun” and that his brother was named “Austin.”
“Shaun” told an emergency dispatcher he had tied “Austin” up in a closet and was going to kill him and every police officer who showed up at the home.
“I got a .357 Mangum, and I’ll kill every cop on sight, all 68 of them!” the man screamed at the dispatcher. “You’ll have to dig a mass grave. They’ll all be dead!”
Town spokesman Bill Crabtree called the incident a case of “swatting.”
“Swatting occurs when someone makes a hoax call to 9-1-1 to draw a response from law enforcement – usually a SWAT team,” Crabtree wrote in an email to The News & Observer. He described Thursday’s incident as “especially disturbing because they placed innocent citizens and emergency personnel at risk, while also diverting police attention and resources.”
Police have not yet made an arrest, but their investigation is ongoing. Investigators ask anyone with information to call the police department at 919-554-6150. All calls are confidential.