Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., said his home in Naples, Fla., was “crushed” Wednesday night.
“Last night, while I was having dinner with my wife, cowards ‘crashed’ my house in Naples,” Scott wrote in an article published Thursday morning. post on. “These criminals wasted our law enforcement time and resources in a sick attempt to terrorize my family.”
Scott thanked the Naples Police Department and the Collier County Sheriff’s Office for “all they do to keep us safe.”
“Swatting” is a false report of a crime or emergency to authorities in an attempt to attract police to a certain location.
Reached for comment, Lt. Bryan McGinn, a Naples police spokesman, said the department’s dispatchers received a call about a shooting on its non-emergency line around 9 p.m. Wednesday evening. In less than 15 minutes, police confirmed that “the events did not occur and that it was a crash event,” McGinn said, adding that there was “a very active and in progress” about the incident.
A report associated with the crash call says a caller told a dispatcher he shot his wife with an AR-15 three times while she slept. A security guard was not aware of any calls or problems at the residence when police arrived. Officers searched the exterior perimeter of the residence and found no signs of forced entry.
Once the exterior search was completed, officers contacted the homeowner, who asked them to search the interior of the residence, but they did not find anything as described by the caller.
The Collier County Sheriff’s Office referred NBC News to the Naples Police Department for comment.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., was the target of several “swatting” incidents at her Georgia home, including on Christmas Day, police confirmed to NBC News.
“I was just crushed. It’s like the 8th time. At Christmas with my family here,” Greene said in an article on X.
Maj. Rodney Bailey of the Rome, Georgia, police department said a person based in Rome, New York, called a suicide hotline, saying he shot his girlfriend at the Greene’s address in Georgia and then threatened suicide.
Police then contacted Greene’s local security guard to inform the MP’s team of the call. His security team decided officers did not need to respond to his home, Bailey said. Department spokeswoman Kelly Madden told The Associated Press that police called off their response as they went to Greene’s home.
False reports of shootings at Greene’s home, about 70 miles northwest of Atlanta, also emerged last year. Police responded to these incidents in person and determined the reports were false.
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