BOW –– A large police presence descended on White Rock Hill Road around 6:30 p.m. yesterday, responding to a report of a homicide and potential suicide threat, which was later determined to be a hoax swatting call.
Local authorities, assisted by several surrounding law enforcement agencies, quickly established a perimeter around the residence.
Communication was initiated with the homeowners, leading to the discovery that the call was a hoax and everyone inside was safe.
The Bow Police Department, who led the response, confirmed that there is no ongoing threat to the public.
The department was assisted by the New Hampshire State Police, Merrimack County Sheriffs Department, Henniker Police, Hopkinton Police, Dunbarton Police Department, and the Bow Fire Department in the response to the false alarm.
Swatting calls, which involve making a deceptive report to emergency services, triggering a large-scale police response, have become an increasingly concerning issue for law enforcement agencies across the country.
No further details about the incident or potential repercussions for the hoax caller have been released at this time.