Sheriff: Call that brought Greeley police, Weld County SWAT team to Aims Community College may have been a ‘spoof’
Greeley police officers and the Weld County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team responded about 10:58 a.m. Saturday to a call of a man who was threatening his girlfriend and told authorities he was in a building on Aims Community College.
Police locked down the campus and began searching for the man. Officers also closed several streets leading to campus for several hours. However, it appears the man was never on campus.
“As we got more resources here, we were able to narrow it down into a specific area that supposedly the phone call came from,” Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams said. “The data we can pull versus what we’ve searched, those two things don’t match up. It looks as if this phone call may have been a spoof phone call. We have a team of guys that are working on trying to figure out where the phone call did come from and work backwards to try to find that individual.”
Reams said the call did not come in to 911. It came in on an administrative line, so it took authorities longer than it ordinarily would to trace the origin of the call. By 2 p.m., authorities had determined that the man was not on the Aims campus, and they began to clear the scene and reopen streets.
The incident began after the fun run, which took place at 9 a.m. Saturday on the Aims campus, already had been completed. There were no classes Saturday morning, and there were not many people on campus when the incident began.
Aims President Marsi Lidell said she was called just before noon to come back to campus because of a SWAT situation.
“All I know is I got a call that the SWAT team was out here. They are definitely out here,” she said, before authorities determined the call was likely a hoax. “They did a lockdown. We had some workers working on the physical education building. They were escorted off campus. They are still off campus. There is a lockdown. There are more police arriving every second.”
About 1 p.m., the Weld County Sheriff’s Office posted an update on its Facebook page confirming deputies were on scene at Aims, but the post did not provide any details about what was going on.
“WCSO SWAT and Greeley PD are actively working a situation on the Greeley AIMS Greeley campus,” the post read.
Police did have the entrance to Aims at 47th Avenue and 20th Street shut down for about two hours. There were other street closures around Aims, too. But streets had been reopened by 2 p.m.
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