LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) – The Lynchburg Police Department has released new details surrounding the heavy police presence and “unfounded threat” that occurred on Hanover Street on Sept. 20.

LPD says the unfounded threat was a result of a “swatting call” that was received around 3:37 p.m. on Wednesday. Officers, including the LPD Swat Team, arrived at a home on the 2100 block of Hanover Street to investigate reports of a potential hostage situation. It was believed a man with a gun was allegedly holding his family hostage with the intent to harm them.

Multiple specialized units were on the scene and a perimeter around the home was established. The incident lasted for over an hour. During a search of the home, no occupants were found.

Police say the investigation is ongoing and being treated as a swatting incident. If you have any information, please contact Detective M. Scott at 434-455-6174. You can also call the Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at (888)798-5900 or make an anonymous tip online using or the P3 app on any mobile device.

A cash reward of up to $1,000 may be available for tips that lead to an arrest in this crime. 

WFXR News will continue to provide you with the latest updates as they are released.