A bogus domestic violence report that prompted Banning police to surround a home and order the occupants outside at gunpoint was under investigation Wednesday, with detectives seeking clues as to who made the fake and potentially dangerous 911 call.

“This type of harassment will not be tolerated,” Banning Police Chief Matthew Hamner said. “These actions can lead to serious injuries and deaths. The individuals responsible will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. In the past, these types of incidents have caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in wasted resources.”

According to Hamner, the “swatting call” occurred about 3:40 p.m. Sunday, and the caller claimed to be a juvenile who had witnessed his father pull a handgun during an argument with his mother, then threaten to shoot himself with it. The individual also said a shot had been fired inside the residence, according to the chief.

Banning patrol officers and Riverside County sheriff’s deputies raced to the house in the 1100 block of Kingswell Avenue, near Gilman Street, and encircled it.

“Loudspeaker announcements were made into the home, and all three occupants exited the house,” according to a police department statement. “It was determined that the entire incident was a hoax and did not occur.”

No one was injured.

Swatting calls can be investigated both locally and federally. The practice involves reporting false information to law enforcement for the purpose of prompting a tactical response, typically for entertainment.

Anyone with information about the prank call was asked to contact the police department’s Detective Bureau at 951-922-3170.

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