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Hoax email prompts Wright County sheriff visit to Rep. Tom Emmer's Delano home

Someone tried to draw police and a hostage negotiator to the Delano home of U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer over the weekend by claiming a murder had taken place inside, the Wright County Sheriff's Office says.

The five-term Republican posted about it on X Saturday. "Tonight my family and I were the target of a 'swatting' incident involving a 911 prank call that wrongly diverted a police presence to my home," Emmer wrote. He noted that other elected officials around the country have been similarly targeted recently.

A person who claimed to live at the house emailed the Wright County Attorney's Office to claim he'd killed a man with whom his wife had been cheating. He requested a hostage negotiator and said he had her tied up inside, according to a copy of the police report.


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