Police deal with another ‘swatting’ call in Kitchener, second fake emergency in the same day

Two fake calls about threats of violence in Kitchener in the same day, and now Waterloo Regional Police tell CityNews 570 they are investigating if the “swatting” calls are connected.

A swatting call is a phoney call to a police service to bring out their emergency response teams, often called SWAT teams.

A second such call to regional police on Thursday came in that night, with a threat of violence against police and members of the public at a business in the Sunrise Centre shopping plaza on Ottawa Street South at Fischer-Hallman Road.

Police confirmed to CityNews 570 on Friday morning, the call was a fake, and “intended to initiate an emergency response.”

Police posted messages on social media while the Sunrise Centre call was active, but those have since been deleted.

Earlier Thursday, a similar swatting call threatening a shooting brought police out to the Kitchener Market for a threat of violence, with a nearby school, Cameron Heights Collegiate, being put into hold-and-secure mode.

Police have already said the fake threat against the marketplace originated from outside Canada.

Both calls are still under investigation.

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