Deputies and SWAT in Summit County called to a shooting, later determined to be a hoax

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SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 News) – Deputies and SWAT in Summit County responded to a report of a shooting and at a home in White Pine Canyon, but after spending resources and time to the scene, it turned out to be a hoax. 

According to a press release,  an unknown suspect called dispatch on Saturday and sounded distraught.  

The caller stated he had just shot his girlfriend and was going to shoot the kids. He said he might need a hostage negotiator and acted suicidal saying he was armed with an AR-15.

Dispatch stated the caller left the line suddenly and they could hear what sounded like shots being fired.

A call to the caretaker for the home stated the homeowners were in California and that nobody should be at the residence.

Deputies responded and set up containment and attempted to contact the caller at the residence. Based on the information given during the call, SWAT was called out to assist. 

The SWAT team called and cleared the house through an open door and found the house was vacant.

Deputies believe the call was a hoax and the incident has now been forwarded to investigations for follow-up.

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