DYER | Police said Wednesday they're investigating whether a 911 call that prompted a SWAT team response at a Dyer home was a hoax.
Dyer police and SWAT teams from around the region descended on a quiet neighborhood after receiving a call at 12:14 p.m. about a disturbance involving a firearm at a home, police said.
Officers from Dyer, Hobart, Merrillville, Griffith and other Lake County communities gathered in the 2500 block of Sycamore Drive. Tactical officers dressed in full SWAT gear, including helmets and Kevlar vests, carried automatic weapons and used a loudspeaker to call for a person with a firearm to exit the residence.
Police determined just before 2 p.m. that no one was inside the home.
A man who answered the door at the residence Wednesday night said he wasn't home at the time of the incident. He declined to comment further.
The person who called 911 initially agreed to meet with officers outside the home, police said. When police arrived, they were unable to find the caller.
Officers temporarily shut down the road and kept neighbors in their homes during the investigation, police said.
Police contacted the 911 caller several more times. The caller claimed to be in Gary and was uncooperative, police said.
Neighbor Patrick Kelly said he was headed to work out when he saw three officers in tactical gear go by a basement window.
"I ran upstairs," he said. "I didn't know what was going on."
Kelly said he walked out his front door, and two officers started running toward him and waved him back inside.
"There were a lot of officers around," Kelly said.
One was posted behind a tree in front of his home for a while, and a sniper lay on the ground across the street, he said.
Kelly said at first he thought police might have been serving a warrant, but he realized it was more serious when he saw the sniper.