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Possible case of ‘swatting’ at Pismo Beach home

Posted at 3:35 PM, Mar 08, 2019

UPDATE (4 p.m.) – Police say an incident at a Pismo Beach home Friday afternoon may have been a case of what’s become known as “swatting.”

Swatting occurs when someone places a fake call to law enforcement in an attempt to create a large emergency response at another person’s home.

That may have been what happened at a home in the area of Wave Ave. and Highland Dr.

“We have to follow up and see who actually called and what their motive was, what was behind the call,” Pismo Beach Commander Tom Portz said. “Was it the famous swatting type call or something different.”

At around 2:30 p.m., police say a man called authorities saying he had shot his girlfriend and had a child inside the home.

When police responded, they found a surprised family inside that had no idea who made the call or why.

Police say nobody was hurt. They add that there have been no law enforcement calls to the home since that family has lived there.

If the culprit is caught, police say he could face charges of making a threat or a false 911 call.

Officers from the Arroyo Grande and Grover Beach police departments assisted the Pismo Beach Police Department with their response to this incident.


Police respond to an emergency call at a home in Pismo Beach. (KSBY photo)


(3:35 p.m.) – Police from the Pismo Beach and Arroyo Grande police departments responded to a Pismo Beach neighborhood Friday afternoon.

Officers were called to the area of Wave Ave. and Highland Dr. at around 2:30 p.m.

Police have a portion of the neighborhood blocked off to through traffic.

No details about the incident were immediately known, but a KSBY News crew at the scene reported seeing officers wearing body armor and carrying long guns walking toward a home.

This is a developing story and will be updated with new information as it becomes available.