Police rushed to the home of U.S. Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene in Georgia on Wednesday after a false report of a shooting there, authorities said, calling it a swat incident.
A 911 call at 1:03 a.m. prompted officers in Rome, about 70 miles northwest of Atlanta, to respond to Greene’s home because “a subject was shot multiple times,” a police statement said.
“When officers responded, they discovered that this was the home of Marjorie Taylor Greene,” the statement continued. “She assured the officers that there was no problem and that the call was a fake call, commonly known as ‘swatting’.”
A second 911 call from the alleged suspect, using a computer-generated voice, stated they were “outraged by Ms. Greene’s political views on the rights of transgender youth,” police said.
Greene told followers she appreciated the police response.
“I can’t thank my local law enforcement officers enough here in Rome, Floyd County,” the Republican lawmaker tweeted.
Greene has a long history of opposing the LGBTQ community and its supporters.
Last year, she put up a sign outside her office mocking a Democratic colleague’s transgender Pride flag.
She also recently supported a proposal to ban gender-affirming care for transgender minors, has called for a restriction on the display of Pride flags in the past, and tweeted insultingly about a transgender Biden executive.
Rome police said they are cooperating with their colleagues at the US Capitol in the ongoing investigation, with the federal agency declining to comment.
“For security reasons, the USCP is not discussing possible member security measures or possible investigations,” a statement from the United States Capitol Police said.
Swatting is calling 112 to falsely report an ongoing crime in order to get the police to respond.
Celebrities and ordinary Americans have been targeted, with the most infamous incident in December 2017, when police in Wichita, Kansas, shot and killed a man whose home was mistakenly involved in a shooting.
An Ohio gamer, angry over a $1.50 bet while playing “Call of Duty: WWII” online, was sentenced to 15 months in prison for recruiting a prankster to make that deadly fake emergency call.
Casey Viner pleaded guilty to felony charges of conspiracy and obstruction of justice.