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Hamden active shooter call turns out to be a hoax

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What was originally thought to be an active shooter incident in Hamden Tuesday turned out to be a hoax, police said.

An emergency call was received by police that someone had shot his mother and was planning to hurt more people as well as himself at a home on Thomas Street just before 11 a.m.

Officers swarmed the residence and treated the incident as a possible active shooter situation. Thomas Street was blocked off by officers while they investigated the incident.

When police with guns drawn entered the residence, there were only teenagers inside the home, one was sleeping and two others were playing video games. No adults were at the home.

"I woke up to them saying 'put your hands up and come downstairs.' I had three rifles pointed at me and my brother," said Owen Butler, one of the teens in the home.

The emergency call is being investigated as a hoax call now. Police are trying to trace the source of the call to figure out where it came from.

Butler's father received a phone call at work about this incident as police had first arrived on the scene.

Scott Butler, another teen who was home at the time, said his father asked him if he had shot his mother and threatened to shoot other people. Scott's friend was also in the home at the time

"I said 'I have no idea what you're talking about,'" Scott added.

Police said the call was possibly made remotely by using a computer and making it sound like it was coming from the father's cell phone.

Hamden police had no choice but to respond with full force, and police Chief Tom Wydra said the information that was being reported was "very alarming, very serious."

Investigators are working to pinpoint where the call came from.

Owen said he told police that he recently received a threat from someone in the online gaming community who said that they would call police to his home if he didn't give up his password to his computer.

There have been many incidents in CT recently where hoax calls are being done remotely using a computer. It's called swatting.

"Whoever is responsible for this wasted a great deal of police resources. They put the public in harm's way. This was a very stressful response for officers," Wydra said.

Police said they are not sure if that is the case in the incident in Hamden, but they are investigating that possibility.

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