Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley’s home in South Carolina was the target of a “swatting” incident last month, as reported by Reuters.
On December 30, authorities responded to a false police report at Haley’s Kiawah Island residence. The report, filed by an unidentified man, falsely claimed he had shot a woman and was threatening self-harm at the location.
Haley’s campaign did not respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment on the incident. The swatting came to light following a records request by Reuters for threats against Haley’s home.
Craig Harris, the director of Public Safety for Kiawah Island, informed town officials via email about the incident.
“An unknown person called 911 and claimed to have shot his girlfriend and threatened to harm himself while at the residence of Nikki Haley,” Harris said. He later confirmed it was a hoax and that Haley and her son were not on the island at the time.
Swatting is a dangerous crime involving false police reports of violent crimes at an individual’s home, intended to provoke a SWAT team response. This crime has gained prominence in recent years, especially with the ease of accessing personal information on social media.
In his email, Harris mentioned being in contact with South Carolina’s state police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the head of Haley’s security team regarding the investigation. The FBI in South Carolina also indicated their intention to open a “threat assessment” into the matter. No suspect or motive has been publicly identified in the Haley case.
This incident is part of a worrying trend of violent threats, bomb scares and intimidation against public officials. Since Christmas, three Republican lawmakers – Sen. Rick Scott, Rep. Brandon Williams and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene – have also been victims of swatting. Democratic officials, including Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows, have faced similar threats.
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