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No shooting in Clay, deputies now report 'swatting call'

Deputies responded to a suspected "swatting" or prank call after a man called 911 claiming he shot and killed his girlfriend.

Deputies responded to a suspected "swatting" or prank call after a man called 911 claiming he shot and killed his girlfriend Friday morning.

According to the Onondaga County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to a home on McNamara Drive in Clay after the 911 call from the unknown man. Officials say the man also indicated that he would shoot responding law enforcement officers.

Sergeant Jon Seeber said the Sheriff's Office treated the incident as a real one and multiple deputies, including the SWAT members, responded to the scene around 9:30 a.m. Nearby homes and businesses were told to shelter in place.

Investigators made contact with the homeowners, who quickly came out and cooperated with police. After deputies spoke with the homeowner, they determined that the incident was a “swatting” call.

Officials say a swatting call is when someone makes a prank call to 911 in hopes of sending armed law enforcement officers to a particular address, typically to harass and frighten the occupants.

Route 31 between Henry Clay Blvd and Morgan Road was closed off to all traffic during the incident but has since reopened.

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