Swatting incident under investigation in La Crosse County

LA CROSSE COUNTY, Wis. (WKBT) – The La Crosse County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a swatting incident that sent a large police response to a residence on Krause Road in the Town of Farmington.

The Sheriff’s Office received a phone call shortly before 9 p.m. Sunday about a situation involving “weapons and crimes” that were serious enough for law enforcement to call-in Gundersen Air, Farmington Fire and First Responders, Tri-State Ambulance, and State Patrol to assist.

Officers were able to make contact with the homeowner and another person at the residence to determine those details were false.

Authorities now believe they may have been victims of some type of swatting – a hoax where the caller sends first responders to someone else’s home for a fake emergency.

According to Sgt. Joe Kernin, with the La Crosse County Sheriff’s Office, the caller “provided law enforcement with details involving weapons and crimes that did not occur” and authorities were able to cipher through details to determine that no such incident had occurred.

Authorities plan to release more details soon and are still working to identify the person responsible for making the false call.