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Miley Cyrus

Cops Race to L.A. Home in

Apparent 'Swatting' Prank

8/2/2012 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0802_miley_cyrus_home_swatting_prank_tmz_ArticleCops raced to Miley Cyrus' L.A. house tonight after receiving a report about a possible home invasion ... but when they arrived to the scene, it turned out to be a false alarm ... and all signs point to a troubling prank known as "Swatting."

Law enforcement sources confirm ... the LAPD received a 911 call at 6:50 PM to report a possible home invasion, possible shots fired.

The LAPD responded immediately ... sending a chopper, and officers with high powered weapons , who immediately set up a perimeter around the home ... with guns drawn.

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But the cops quickly determined the house was quiet, no one was home ... and there was no sign of a crime -- it was a false alarm.

Law enforcement tells TMZ ... officials now believe the caller is a "911 abuser."

The call seems to fall in line with a prank called "Swatting" -- in which a caller tries to trick emergency responders into dispatching law enforcement (like the SWAT team) to a home by making up a serious crime.

Cops tell TMZ ... if the call was indeed a prank, which it appears to be, the caller will be arrested ... and face serious criminal charges. In fact, we're told if someone were to be hurt or killed due to the prank, the caller could even face felony charges.

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46.

JP    

Oh those crazy teens and 20-somethings with those cell phones mommy and daddy bought them and pay their monthly phone bills.

627 days ago
47.

BTDT    

I hope there's some serious jail time awaiting this "swatter".

627 days ago
48.

Big D    

What a stupid idea. Let's tie up emergency response so if they are really needed they are busy dealing with some stupid ass joke. On subject Miley Cyrus, she would sell way more magazines that Lindsey Lohan did, are you listening Playboy?

627 days ago
49.

nORRis8    

Whooooooooooooooooo caaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarze-uh.

627 days ago
50.

moe    

It looks like you used a really old photo of Miley.. I agree YAAAAAAAAANWN!! WHO CARES!

627 days ago
51.

JDoors    

Considering how SWAT teams operate, break in with no warning (screaming AS you do it is not a "warning," it is intentionally designed to make you "freeze") and shoot first (justified - IF the crime is real), this is a serious criminal action that is just waiting to turn deadly.

It's been used more often than you've probably heard because of the nature of the most frequent targets, I would HATE it if this criminal action suddenly receives the attention it should have had all along solely because a celebrity is involved this time.

627 days ago
52.

Stephen    

I wonder if ALL those police and the helicopter would show up at any citizens house if there was a home invasion. Or was all that man power just becaue it was Miley

627 days ago
53.

flayden068@aol.com    

This slut must find a way to have herself in the headlines every day. Shame on the press for pandering to her sick "look at me" illness.

627 days ago
54.

Lisa    

This was only a practice run, as there will be many real calls to her address most likely. She is over her head and definately over rated.

627 days ago
55.

big'un    

I wonder if somebody swatted my house if they would send that many cops? My money's on they all wanted to see Miley in her Daisy Dukes.

627 days ago
56.

CriticXtreme    

You know you live in a great neighborhood when you can get kind of response. I've been there and they are definitely quick.

627 days ago
57.

rebecca91    

they only reacted that way toward her call because shes rich and lives in a nice area...if that was south central? please, they wouldnt show up...

627 days ago
58.

Honeys Booboo    

Hello, 9-1-1? There's a fire in Miley Cyrus's crotch.
Billy Ray tried putting it out with his hose,
but it's still really burning (and itching).

626 days ago
59.

1    

Shame she won't have kids though. Well, not of her own that is. Must be a great bond between mother and child. Whatever, **** happens.

626 days ago
60.

Realist     

As anybody thought that maybe it was bigger than anybody thinks... maybe it was a test to see the Cops reaction time?

626 days ago
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