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Prank 911 calls create confusion for Murfreesboro police

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MURFREESBORO, TN (WSMV) -

For the second time in two months, a Murfreesboro family was rudely awakened by police after someone made a call to 911 claiming there was a home invasion and men were inside with guns.

The caller said the home invasion and shooting occurred at an apartment on East Bell Street, but the family who lives there was actually asleep.

The family was rudely awakened by cops banging on the door with guns in hand, believing it was a home invasion.

"Anybody who is awakened from a sleep in the middle of the night knows how frightening something like that could be. For law enforcement, they think they are going into one of the most deadly, dangerous situations they would encounter," said Murfreesboro police spokesman Kyle Evans.

Police said the prank is called Swatting, where pranksters find out information on the internet about someone and where they live and make a bogus call for help just to get the SWAT Team to respond.

"It's a very dangerous game they are playing with people's lives," said Evans.

Police responded to the same apartment in December because someone made a similar call to 911 claiming there were six men with guns inside. That call turned out not to be true as well.

"When the officers respond to situation like this, it is a deadly force situation from the start. When the officers are arriving, they are thinking how to do so safely, what they are going to be when they confront the bad guys, and what they can do to save the lives of the victims," said Evans.

Police said officers could be responding to real crimes rather than tying up resources by responding to fake ones.

"It's a tremendous waste of our law enforcement resources, in addition to the danger they present," said Evans.

Police say the call was made through a relay center for the hearing impaired out of Kentucky. They couldn't find a valid phone number for the relay center.

As of now, they don't have any suspects.

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