In the early morning hours of July 2, 2019, the Whitestown Metropolitan Police Department responded to a possible hostage situation in the Legacy Core of Whitestown. An individual had called the Indiana State Police Post in Versailles, IN reporting he and two others had multiple hostages at a house in Whitestown. Furthermore, the reported hostage takers were carrying firearms and threatened to kill hostages if police responded.
Officers with WMPD, Boone County Sheriff’s Office, Indiana State Police, and Zionsville Police Department responded to the area and after thorough investigation, it was determined this was a false report and a resident in Whitestown was an apparent victim of a “swatting” incident.
Following an extensive 7-month investigation, Detectives with the Whitestown Metropolitan Police Department were able to identify Adam Fitch (40) of Whitestown as a suspect in this incident. Detectives requested and were granted an arrest warrant for Fitch by the Boone County Prosecutor’s Office. On 12/23/19, Fitch was arrested and is being held at the Boone County Jail, pending charges of False Reporting.
“Swatting” is when an individual makes a false report to the authorities in hopes of a Police or SWAT/SRT response being sent to an individual’s residence. This type of incident has resulted in the death and harm of innocent victims across the country, and it puts the public in jeopardy due to emergency services being utilized on a false call.
Whitestown Metropolitan Police Department, Boone County Sheriff’s Office, Zionsville Police Department, Indiana State Police