BEAVER DAMS | A morning report of shots fired in Beaver Dams disrupted activities around the hamlet for much of Thursday.
That report led to the establishment of a large police perimeter, the closure of State Route 414 for much of the day and a helicopter search. In the end a home was breached and no sign of any incident was found.
According to New York State Police Capt. Erik Dauber, officers responded at approximately 9 a.m. to a report of shots fired inside a residence at 895 State Route 414.
“The person who made that call had left the residence,” Dauber told the media after the incident.
“We responded and set up a perimeter around the house, and then we extended that perimeter further in case the potential shooter had gotten out before we got there,” he said.
Dauber said closing Route 414 was done out of “an abundance of caution.”
“We didn’t want anybody driving by the residence to potentially become a victim of any kind of fire,” he said.
Dauber said attempts were made to make contact with anyone who might still be inside the residence, but they were unsuccessful.
While this was going on, for more than six hours, traffic was diverted off of State Route 414 onto Beaver Dams Road.
“We had our SORT team, Special Operations and Response Team, respond to clear the residence,” Dauber said.
He noted the highly specialized team takes a while to assemble and gear up.
When the SORT team arrived, around 3:30 p.m., they entered and cleared the residence.
“Nobody was located inside,” Dauber said.
There was also no evidence of any kind that shots had been fired in the residence.
While an investigation into the shooting report and the circumstances surrounding it is ongoing, he confirmed that State Police had not taken anyone into custody.
“At this time there’s no reason to suspect that this incident actually occurred,” Dauber said.