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Gunshot Report At Hidden Creek Apartments Turns Out To Be Hoax

Practice known as "SWATing" designed to elicit heavy police response


by Patricia A. Miller

Berkeley police are investigating a bogus report of gunshots fired with injuries, a practice known as "SWATing," Police Chief Karin T. DiMichele said.

The incident began at 10 p.m. on Dec. 30, when Berkeley police responded to the call from 7 Leeward Court in the Hidden Creek Apartment complex, the chief said.

"It was quickly determined through their initial investigation that this was in fact a hoax initiated through a third party and social media," DiMichele said.

"SWATing" occurs when a third party initiates a heavy police response without the resident of the home's knowledge, the chief said.

Sgt. Brian Woermer and Patrolmen Michael Tier, John Mulvihill, Patrick Stesner and John Houghkirk all responded. The Ocean Gate Police also assisted, DiMichele said.
Paint January 09, 2014 at 05:02 AM
What a wAist of our resources hope they catch these callers . Remember the boy who Crys wolf
Joe Ciampoli January 09, 2014 at 06:28 AM
Hidden Creek used to be the best kept secret in Bayville until the owners sold their souls to section 8
kathi mcdonough January 09, 2014 at 07:16 AM
I live at Hidden Creek and I think it's a great place. Joe Ciampoli I don't know, but I think they are required by law to have units set aside for Section 8. Paint you are 100% correct.
Berzerkeley January 09, 2014 at 11:15 AM
This is a new one for me. Never heard of 'SWATing' until the Patch just explained it all for the world. So now all of the copy cats out there who have nothing better to do with their time can get their jollies from seeing the police come running in full battle garb to someone's location for nothing. Great job Patch! You really suffered major brain fade this time. In this day and age it's only a matter of time before a real SWAT response is needed in our town and when 'Wolf' is cried too much there may be a fatal delay to get there. There's a line in the sand when it comes to responsible journalism. The subtitle under the headline should have been left out plain and simple. All you are doing by publishing unnecessary details like this is encouraging weak minded individuals to do the same to get their stupid antics mentioned in the media. Reminds me of the Asbury Park Press publishing a first page pictorial awhile back as to where the most damage to our nuke would occur if the terrorists just hit the bullseye 'right here'......Some things are just better left unsaid.

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