(Hawley, MN) -- The Clay County Sheriff says law enforcement responded appropriately to what turned out to be a phony 9-1-1 call in Hawley. Sheriff Mark Empting says it is believed the call was a case of "Swatting," that's where someone makes a false report in order to prompt a large police response. Mark Empting says the homeowner had no idea why his home was surrounded by police and was cooperative in the investigation into the call. The phony caller claimed to be holding hostages at gunpoint. The homeowner is active on You-Tube and Empting believes that may have made him a target for the swatting call.

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