UPDATED 3:00 PM PT – Saturday, July 9, 2022
Police surrounded the Washington D.C. home of former Trump advisor Steve Bannon after a prank 911 call set off a false alarm. The call came late Friday morning to the Washington D.C. Police dispatch to report a mentally ill man carrying a weapon and making comments on shooting someone.
When police arrived at a street near Bannon’s house there was no evidence of a shooter. The alarm was lifted about an hour after the late morning call, according to the Washington Post.
“They were a little bit shocked, but obviously they understood why we were there,” voiced assistant District of Columbia Police Chief Jeffery Carroll.
HEAVY police presence centered on the block of A St NE btwn 2nd & 3rd. MPD says they’re responding “to a report of an individual with a mental health crisis. He was making threats that he shot someone. No victim has been found.”
Officer told me a man claimed to have “a rifle” pic.twitter.com/gQt5N86eAb
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) July 8, 2022
Authorities blocked off several streets while investigating these claims and ultimately ruled it a false report meant to initiate the swat team. This comes as Bannon is expected to stand trial for contempt of the January 6 panel in mid July.
“The police were terrific,” Bannon said.
— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) July 8, 2022
Local police report no reason to assume this call targeted Steve Bannon specifically.