Central Kentucky shooting report is considered a hoax, state police say

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Kentucky state police said they believe a phone call about a possible shooting in Anderson County Tuesday night is actually a case of swat, and officers have cleared the area.

State police said they are investigating the incident, which was reported just before 5 p.m. in the Salt River Road area, just south of Lawrenceburg.

Swatting refers to “a prank to emergency services in an attempt to attract a large presence of armed police officers to a residence, potentially putting officers and civilians at risk,” the state police said in a press release. In Kentucky, it’s a felony “punishable by up to five years in prison,” the state police said.

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State police asked anyone with information to call the Frankfort Post at 502-227-2221.

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