HARTFORD, Conn. — Police said a phony bomb threat aimed at a Hartford Walmart is believed to be a 'swatting' incident.
According to police, the call came in this morning to the Walmart Supercenter on Flatbush Avenue. The store was evacuated as a precaution as the bomb squad investigated.
Police said the incident was deemed 'erroneous' and that the store was then opened back up.
According to investigators, the incident appears to be a 'swatting' incident.
The National 911 Program defines swatting as someone false reporting an emergency to public safety, trying to get a "SWAT team" response to a location where no emergency exists.
The caller in a swatting situation usually reports that they are involved, or nearby as a witness to a home invasion, active shooter, or hostage situation attempting to muster a large police response.
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