KAUKAUNA — Kaukauna police on Thursday were one of multiple departments to assist with what turned out to be a swatting incident in Little Chute.

Swatting is a false emergency call to cause a large police response to an unsuspecting residence.

Fox Valley Metro Police say they were called about 8 p.m., Thursday to the 1700 block of Buchanan Street in the Village of Little Chute for a report of a family disturbance where someone died.

Additionally, FVMPD officers were told that a suspect had armed himself with a rifle and explosives and would confront responding officers. 

Upon arrival officers were able to secure the area around the home and requested neighbors to shelter in place. 

After contacting the people inside the home, FVMPD officers were able to determine there was not an active threat or victims at the residence.

It was later determined this call was the result of swatting, the act of making a prank call for emergency services for the purpose of creating a large police response. 

The FVMPD will continue to investigate the source of the swatting call in the coming days. 

The Fox Valley Metro Police Department was assisted by the Appleton Police Department, Outagamie County Sheriff’s Department, Kaukauna Police Department and Gold Cross Ambulance Service for their assistance. 

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By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.