Rep. Tom Emmer said his Wright County home was ‘swatted’ Saturday night
Minnesota Congressman and GOP Majority Whip Tom Emmer said his home was “swatted” Saturday night, although no one was at the home when law enforcement arrived.
“Swatting” is defined as a prank call involving criminal harassment by calling 911 and telling emergency services about a fake emergency that prompts a large response police response.
Rep. Emmer said in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, that he is thankful no one was injured and that he condemns the “illegal abuse of police resources.”
He also thanked the Wright County Sheriff’s Office for their professionalism and support.
The Wright County Sheriff’s Office said they got a call claiming there was a possible homicide/hostage situation at a home in Delano just after 6 p.m. Saturday.
Deputies then checked the home and contacted Rep. Emmer, who told him no one was home and that his family was safe.
The sheriff’s office said there was also an email sent to 15 other people associated with Wright County and Delano city staff detailing a fake murder and hostage-taking at the home.
Capital police were also contacted, and the information was determined to be unfounded.
In December, several schools and Jewish facilities were targeted by swatting calls.
There was also another incident on Christmas that targeted a home in Wyoming, Minnesota.