JEANNETTE, Pa. - Police have been trying to find whoever sent texts to the Westmoreland County 911 dispatch center, claiming that a man had an AK-47 rifle and five bodies in his home.
Westmoreland County emergency management spokesman Dan Stevens says the incident was a hoax known as "swatting" -- so named because it's meant to prompt a SWAT or similar police response to a home.
The text was sent Jan. 7, and prompted police in Jeannette -- about 25 miles east of Pittsburgh -- to surround the home before finding an unsuspecting homeowner inside.
One text read, "There's five dead now and I got more today." Others told police the occupant of the home had the automatic rifle, a desert eagle and a grenade.
Authorities are hoping to trace the texts with the help of phone companies.