Monday July 22nd, 2024 2:13PM

Kandiss Taylor says her home was swatted Monday evening

By Austin Eller News Director

Kandiss Taylor, a former Republican candidate in Georgia's gubernatorial race, said her home was swatted overnight Monday.

In a video posted to Twitter, Taylor said the incident happened at her home in Baxley, Georgia. She said the experience was traumatizing for her whole family.

Swatting is when a person maliciously makes a false report to authorities, which typically sends police, or a SWAT team, to the victim's home. The victim is typically unaware of the report.

Taylor said authorities received a call from a female text-to-speech program, claiming that the caller had shot their husband five times, and that they would shoot themself next. The caller gave authorities Taylor's address for the location of the incident

"So [the police] came, with all their weapons, rifles, pointed at my house ready to shoot if they needed to kill me when I opened my door," Taylor said.

Taylor said she was in the shower when her child told her police were in the front yard. She said the police department simply thought they were protecting her.

"My little town's never heard of swatting, but I have because I've had dear friends who were swatted," Taylor said.

Swatting can be dangerous or fatal.

"I will find out who swatted my house, and I will do everything in my power to bring them to justice," Taylor.

Taylor was a candidate in Georgia's 2022 gubernatorial race, before coming behind incumbent Governor Brian Kemp and former Senator David Perdue in the May Primary Election.

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