White House Swarmed By Ambulances After Shocking 911 Call

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On Monday, emergency first responders were dispatched to the White House in response to a hoax call alleging that the building was engulfed in flames and individuals were trapped within.

A call was received by the 911 center in the Washington, D.C. area at approximately 7:00 a.m. This incident looks to be a case of “swatting,” where a someone use an untraceable number to cause chaos by making threats of violence or false claims of disaster. President Joe Biden was absent from his residence and present at Camp David at that period.

“Fire in the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue,” a DC dispatcher said at 7:04 am. The “all clear” was given by 7:15 a.m. after 13 units had responded to the site.

Respondents at the 911 center dialed the inbound number and made contact, however the individual who picked up the phone denied making the call. Law police ascertained that the number had been “spoofed,” meaning that a phone number belonging to an unknowing victim was utilized to conceal the identity of the swatting caller.

Swatting victims had a high level of activity during the holiday season. Both Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Biden Justice Department special counsel Jack Smith were targeted by the hoax, as was Democrat mega-donor George Soros. The perilous phenomenon has led to fatal outcomes for certain individuals; in 2017, a conflict among internet gamers culminated in the demise of a victim who was fatally shot by SWAT agents dispatched in response. The individual responsible for instigating the disturbance was given a 20-year prison sentence.

According to the FBI, U.S. Marshals Office, and other domestic law enforcement groups, the increase in swattings can be attributed to the heightened animosity during an election year. U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland has warned that public personalities, like U.S. District Judge Arthur Engoron who is presiding over former President Donald Trump’s New York real estate trial, should exercise heightened caution due to the growing danger of swatting.

“At the same time that we are seeing an encouraging downward trend in violent crime, we are also witnessing a deeply disturbing spike in threats against those who serve the public,” Garland said.

President Biden is slated to reenter the White House on Monday afternoon following his participation in a Philadelphia event commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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