Kentucky State Police said they believe a call about a possible shooting in Anderson County Tuesday evening is actually a case of swatting, and officers have cleared the area.
State police said they are investigating the incident, which was reported just before 5 p.m. in the Salt River Road area, which is just south of Lawrenceburg.
Swatting refers to “a prank call to emergency services in an attempt to draw a large presence of armed police officers to a residence, potentially putting officers and citizens in danger,” state police said in a news release. In Kentucky, it is a felony “punishable by up to five years in prison,” state police said.
State police asked anyone with any information to call the Frankfort post at 502-227-2221.