Plymouth: False message reports homeowner killed entire family

According to Plymouth Police Chief Mike Botieri, they received a tip around 9 a.m. Tuesday that an Esta Road homeowner either was prepared to or had killed their family and would shoot at police.

Rather than a usual 911 call, Chief Botieri says they were warned through an AT&T message, “Basically someone who wants to hide their identity so they’ll type something through a system thinking that it’s more difficult to locate who they are. We had originally thought that it was more than likely a false call but we had to play it out as if it wasn’t.”

As police suspected, no one was at the West Plymouth home when they arrived. The home was surrounded and held by police until the owner was reached at work.

“We ended up talking to a neighbor who put us in contact with the owner of the house and we were satisfied at that point and we went in and checked that there was nothing going on at that address,” says Chief Botieri

Neither the neighbor nor the homeowner was aware of the AT&T message or where it came from.

Though it was a false alarm, the Police Chief says they are currently investigating who made the shooting report.

About Trisha McNeilly

With a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston under her belt, Trisha McNeilly joins us full-time as a general assignment and breaking news reporter having previously interned for WBZ-1030 AM in Boston. A South Shore resident her whole life, McNeilly grew up in Pembroke and is 22-years old.