Saskatoon police responded Monday morning to what they thought was a hostage situation in the Willowgrove area.
Hostage call turns out to be a hoax
Officers say a man called into the Saskatoon Police Service at about 8:40 a.m., identified himself and told police he was at a home on Lucyk Crescent where he was holding two people hostage.
The man told police he had shot one of the hostages in the knee and demanded a ransom. He also said he was equipped with firearms and explosive devices, according to police.
Once on the scene, police and personnel from Medavie Health Services West quickly realized the call was a hoax and that residents inside the home were not in any way involved in the incident.
Police were able to track down another man, whose name was used by the caller, but determined he wasnt involved in the hoax.
Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact the Saskatoon Police Service at 306-975-8300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
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A situation involving a man calling the Saskatoon Police Service claiming he held two people hostage and had guns and explosives was a hoax.
Just after 8:30 a.m. Monday morning, a man called police saying he was at a home on Lucyk Crescent in the Willowgrove neighbourhood and was holding two people hostage.
The caller demanded a ransom after claiming he had shot one of the hostages in the knee and had guns and explosive devices, according to a police news release.
Police paramedics responded, but soon determined that the call was a hoax and that the residents at the home on Lucyk Crescent were not involved in any way.
The man whose name the caller had used was located at another home, and he also was not involved, police say.
A watch commander with the Saskatoon Police Service said that while police don’t use the term swatting, the event did have many similarities with other instances of swatting.
The investigation is ongoing as officers try to determine who actually made the call. Police say at this point there is very little additional information.
After arriving at the home the caller claimed to be calling from, police determined the call was a hoax, and that the residents in the home were not involved with the call.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the SPS at 306-975-8300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
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