Fake Emergency Call in Dennis Being Investigated

PoliceDENNISPORT – Dennis police are investigating a case of “swatting,” or fake emergency calls to the department in order to get a large armed police–or SWAT team–response.

At about 10:15 Wednesday night dispatchers received a call purporting to be from a teenage boy saying he was at home with a gun to his mother’s head. He threatened to shoot her if police did not show up within 15 minutes.

Approximately two minutes later, the same teenager called back, said he had shot his mother and hung up.

Officers from several departments, including state police, responded to 545 route 28 in Dennisport where they found the alleged caller, a 17-year-old, playing video games, his mother, Penelope Pina, 43, was unharmed.

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Pina’s son was playing a video game at the time the false report was made to police and was still playing the game as the police entered the home.

Noone was injured as a result of the incident.

Dennis officers were assisted at the fake call by the Harwich Police, Massachusetts State Police and the Dennis Fire Department.