Several law enforcement agencies assisted on responsing to a 911 call that turned out to be false. Such a false report is known as “swatting” and is incredibly dangerous and illegal.
On Tuesday, March 19 at about 1:13 p.m., the Princeton Police Department responded to a report of an adult male who was threatening to harm himself and law enforcement.
The subject advised law enforcement that he had multiple weapons in the residence with him.
The Princeton Police Department was in contact with the Princeton School District and the schools were placed in a soft lock down as a precaution as the area of the incident was several blocks from the district office.
There was, however, no direct threat to any of the school buildings.
The Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Office established direct communication with the subject. At that time, the Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Office issued a Code Red Alert to the community.
A perimeter was established preventing incoming traffic to maintain safety.
After further investigation it was determined the identity of the subject and address given to law enforcement were false. The area was cleared and deemed safe.
This incident is still under investigation by law enforcement. The Princeton Police Department is investigating this as a swatting incident.
The Princeton Police Department was assisted by Princeton Fire Department, Princeton Public Works, Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Office, Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office, Benton County Sheriff’s Office, Milaca Police Department, Minnesota State Patrol and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.