On Friday, November 1, 2019, at 1521hrs, Manassas Park Police Emergency Communications Center received a call from Fredericksburg Police Emergency Communications Center advising they were on the phone with a juvenile male, who stated he lived in the 8400 block of Sandstone Way Manassas Park, Virginia and just shot a family member. He also stated another family member was barricaded inside a bedroom upstairs in the residence. Manassas Park Police units arrived on the scene within minutes of the phone call and immediately set up a perimeter around the residence. Officers attempted to make contact with the suspect utilizing a public address microphone as well as attempting to call the phone number back; however, each attempt was met with negative results. Once the Manassas Park Police Special Response Team (SRT) arrived on the scene, access was gained through the front of the residence, and it was determined the residence was unoccupied and no one was inside.
Manassas Park Police Investigative Services detectives were able to determine the phone call originated in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and requested the assistance of their police authorities to assist in the investigation. Contact was made at the residence and several electronic devices were seized at the request of Manassas Park police detectives. At this time, the suspected offender has been identified as a juvenile male and no further information regarding his identity will be released.
Upon further interviews with the juvenile, this has been determined to be a Swatting / Hoax incident. It is unclear at this time why the juvenile utilized this residence, but there is no threat to the public or Manassas Park community at this time.