Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene again targeted in ‘swatting’ incident, police say

Aug 25, 2022, 1:12 PM | Updated: Aug 30, 2022, 11:25 am
FILE: Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA)...
FILE: Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA)

(CNN) — Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene was again the target of a “swatting” police call early Thursday morning, police said.

For the second night in a row, police officers in Rome, Georgia, responded to a ‘swatting’ call this week at the Georgia Republican’s home just before 3 a.m. ET on Thursday, Rome Police said in a statement. Officers had previously responded to Greene’s home early Wednesday morning for a false report of a person shot.

The call “was received on what appeared to be a suicide crisis line from an internet chat,” the statement said. Police also said it was “confirmed this was a second false report.”

Rome Police investigators are working with the Capitol Police on the investigation and are not presently releasing additional information.

Swatting is a prank call made to authorities with the express purpose of luring them to a location — usually a home — where they are led to believe a horrific crime has been committed or is in progress. This results in a forceful response from local police or SWAT teams, who have no way to know the call is a hoax.

Wednesday morning, police officers in Rome responded shortly after 1 a.m. ET to a “911 call reference to a subject being shot multiple times,” said Rome Police assistant chief Debbie Burnett. Upon arriving at the address, “they discovered this was the home of Marjorie Taylor Greene,” Burnett said.

Greene “assured the officers there was no issue and the call was determined to be a false call commonly known as ‘swatting,'” Burnett said.

The 911 dispatch for Rome/Floyd County then “received a second call from the suspect who was using a computer generated voice stating that he/she was upset about Mrs. Greene’s political view on transgender youth rights,” Burnett said.

Greene, whose time in Congress often has been defined by her combative and incendiary comments, has faced criticism for her anti-transgender remarks in the past. Last week, she introduced a bill that would make it a felony to provide certain so-called gender-affirming medical care to transgender minors.

“Last night, I was swatted just after 1 am. I can’t express enough gratitude to my local law enforcement here in Rome, Floyd County,” said Greene in a tweet Wednesday.

Police said the incident is under investigation and did not release any additional information.

The incident comes amid heightened concerns about threats to high-profile political figures and election officials. In the wake of former President Donald Trump’s false claims about the 2020 presidential election, election workers nationwide have reported a spike in threats and harassment. And in June, a man was charged with the attempted murder of Justice Brett Kavanaugh outside his Maryland residence.

Last year, US Capitol Police reported a 107% increase in threats against members of Congress this year compared to 2020.

The-CNN-Wire™ & © 2022 Cable News Network, Inc., a Warner Bros. Discovery Company. All rights reserved.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

National News

FILE photo...
REBECCA BOONE Associated Press

Idaho ordered to pay $2.5M to transgender inmate for legal fees

A federal judge has ordered Idaho and its prison medical care provider to pay more than $2.5 million in legal fees to a transgender inmate who sued after she was denied gender confirmation surgery.
19 hours ago
surveillance image of possible shooter...
Associated Press

Killings of 5 men in California are related, police say

Rewards totaling $85,000 have been offered for information leading to an arrest in five fatal shootings since July in Stockton, California, that investigators believe are related.
19 hours ago
OREM, UT - FEBRUARY 21: A bump stock is installed on an AK-47 at Good Guys Gun and Range on Februar...
Associated Press

Supreme Court rejects bump stock ban cases, one from Utahn

The Supreme Court says it won't take up two cases that involved challenges to a ban enacted during the Trump administration on bump stocks. Those are the gun attachments that allow semi-automatic weapons to fire rapidly like machine guns.
19 hours ago
The competitors allegedly used fillet and lead balls to weigh down their walleye. Anglers win based...
Zoe Sottile, CNN

Cheating scandal at Ohio tournament rocks competitive fishing world

The would-be winners of almost $29,000 at an Ohio fishing tournament were disqualified on Friday after it was discovered their fish were stuffed with lead weights and fish fillets.
19 hours ago
FILE - Sacheen Littlefeather, a Native American activist, tells the audience at the Academy Awards ...

Sacheen Littlefeather, actor who declined Brando Oscar for him, dies

The actor and activist who declined Marlon Brando's 1973 Academy Award for "The Godfather" on his behalf in an indelible protest of how Native Americans had been portrayed on screen has died. Sacheen Littlefeather was 75.
19 hours ago
Brittney Griner #42 of the Phoenix Mercury during the first half in Game Four of the 2021 WNBA semi...

Russian court sets Brittney Griner appeal date for Oct. 25

A Russian court has set a date for American basketball star Brittney Griner’s appeal against her nine-year prison sentence for drug possession.
19 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Hand turning a thermostat knob to increase savings by decreasing energy consumption. Composite imag...
Lighting Design

5 Lighting Tips to Save Energy and Money in Your Home

Advances in lighting technology make it easier to use smart features to cut costs. Read for tips to save energy by using different lighting strategies in your home.
Portrait of smiling practitioner with multi-ethnic senior people...
Summit Vista

How retirement communities help with healthy aging

There are many benefits that retirement communities contribute to healthy aging. Learn more about how it can enhance your life, or the life of your loved ones.
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to choose what MBA program is right for you: Ask these questions before you apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Cloud storage technology with 3d rendering drawer with files in cloud...
PC Laptops

How backing up your computer can help you relieve stress

Don't wait for something bad to happen before backing up your computer. Learn how to protect your data before disaster strikes.
young woman with stickers on laptop computer...
Les Olson

7 ways print marketing materials can boost your business

Custom print marketing materials are a great way to leave an impression on clients or customers. Read for a few ideas to spread the word about your product or company.
young woman throwing clothes to organize a walk in closet...
Lighting Design

How to organize your walk-in closet | 7 easy tips to streamline your storage today

Read our tips to learn how to organize your walk-in closet for more storage space. These seven easy tips can help you get the most out of your space.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene again targeted in ‘swatting’ incident, police say