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SWAT prank puts public in danger

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South Fulton County resident, Tim McCullum experienced a wave of emotions after he received a phone call from Fulton County police on Feb. 9.

"I was shook up. I was like, 'What do I do?' I was nervous, I'm scared," McCullum said. "The officer told me they were at my house and that I have a bomb threat. He told me I needed to get here quick as I can."

But it was more than that just a bomb threat. The caller told the 911 operator he was not alone.

"He said he had two family members in the house with him and that he was going to kill them," Fulton County police SWAT Captain Wade Yates said.

When that call came in, Yates and his SWAT team responded quickly.

"What scared me the most that night is that all my guys are running in emergency mode. They are running the blue lights and sirens, cutting through traffic to get to this call," Yates said.

McCullum lives on Topaz Road in Riverdale, where Fulton County fire fighters, patrol officers and the SWAT team all responded to. They shut down Old National and evacuated several homes in McCullum's neighborhood for four hours.

"We started doing a background investigation to determine who it might be, what their motivation might be and that's when we discovered the homeowner lived there alone, no one should be in the house and realized it was a 'SWAT-ing' incident," Yates said.

'SWAT-ing' is when someone tries to get police and the SWAT team to show up at a house with guns drawn. The call that sent police to McCullum's house was a hoax.

"It takes away the citizen services in South Fulton County. It puts everyone in danger. We had to shut down a major thoroughfare in South Fulton County that people couldn't get home. It also cost a lot of overtime," Yates said.

McCullum said he doesn't know why someone targeted his home, but he wants them caught.

"It was probably like 50 to 60 cops out here. If something was really going on somewhere else, we're losing out of potential resources because these people are here on a bogus call. If anyone gets caught they definitely need to be prosecuted," McCullum said.

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