For Immediate Release: September 22, 2023
LPD Investigating Potential Swatting Call that led to a Residence on Hanover Street
LYNCHBURG, Va. — The Lynchburg Police Department is investigating after resources were called to a potential hostage situation Wednesday night.
On September 20, 2023, at 3:37 p.m. LPD Officers responded to the 2100-block of Hanover Street for a man claiming he was holding his family hostage and was going to harm them. Officers were told the man was armed with a gun.
Patrol officers set up a perimeter and multiple specialized units were called out to assist. When the home was searched no residents were located inside. This incident is being investigated as a potential swatting call.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective M. Scott at 434-455-6174 or by calling the Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at (888)798-5900. An anonymous tip can also be made online using http://p3tips.com or by downloading the P3 app on any mobile device. A cash reward of up to $1,000 may be available for tips that lead to an arrest in this crime.
This is an ongoing investigation but at this time is believed to be a swatting call. Any additional information will be provided as an update to this release.