Police Respond to “Swatting” Incident in Milton

Posted On Tuesday February 23, 2021

On February 23, 2021 at approximately 10:50 am, the Halton Regional Police Service received a call from a male stating he had shot and killed someone at an address in the area of Maple Avenue and Thompson Rd. N. in Milton.  Chris Hadfield Public School and St. Peter Catholic Elementary School were placed in a precautionary Hold and Secure due to their proximity to the alleged incident. 

Several police resources attended the scene including frontline patrol officers and officers from the Tactical Rescue Unit, K9 Unit and Criminal Investigations Bureau.  Investigation determined the call to be unsubstantiated and is believed to be an incident of “swatting”.

"Swatting" is a criminal offence involving a dangerous prank call to the police, in which a caller makes a false report with the express purpose of having numerous police and emergency resources dispatched to an ongoing critical incident.

Swatting calls involve the response of numerous police and EMS resources as well as dispatchers and communicators in our call centre who are all reserved for service to a variety of legitimate community needs.  False reports like these carry rippling impacts on our community's safety and well-being.  The risk to residents is significant.

Investigation is ongoing at this time in efforts to identify the party responsible for initiating the call.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the Halton Regional Police Service at 905-825-4777. 

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers. "See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers" at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

 

Media Inquiries:

Halton Regional Police Service
Corporate Communications
Phone: 905-825-4899
Email: corpcomm@haltonpolice.ca