Sheriff's office: Report of shooting in NW Portland was a hoax

Sheriff's office: Report of shooting in NW Portland was a hoax »Play Video
Police and sheriff's deputies closed Skyline Boulevard after a report of a shooting. (Photo: Joe English, KATU News)

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office said a report of a shooting at a home in Northwest Portland on Tuesday morning was a hoax.

Deputies say it appears to be a case of "swatting", where a phony 911 call is placed via the Internet, giving a street address where nothing is happening.

"We responded to this call like we would to any serious call. We brought out everybody" said Lt. Steve Alexander with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.

Police and Multnomah County sheriff’s deputies responded to the home in the 400 block of Northwest Skyline Boulevard.

The residents, an elderly couple, were sleeping and taken completely by surprise when police yelled for them to come out.

A sheriff's office spokesman said someone called in the false report just before 8 a.m.

"We're actively investigating who made the call, and we'll hold them accountable, there could be some serious charges for making a false police report, and the DA could decide there are more charges." said Alexander.

Police reopened Skyline Boulevard between Cornell Road and West Burnside Road.