UPDATE: Caller identified in hoax

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UPDATE: Caller identified in hoax

MIDLAND COUNTY, Texas (KOSA) –

UPDATE 4:14 PM: The caller has been identified as Lawerence Holley,72.

UPDATE 11:49 AM: Per Midland County, around 9:58 AM, a call was received reporting a kidnapping and shots fired.

Deputies from the Midland County Sheriff’s Office and other local agencies responded to the scene near CR320 and Rankin Highway 349.

The investigation revealed that there was no kidnapping, shots fired, nor a threat to the public.

The original caller was taken into custody for inciting a false report.

No further details are available at this time.

UPDATE 11:32AM: DPS tells CBS7 that reports of an active shooter are a hoax. All troopers are accounted for all Midland and Upton county and all deputies are accounted for. No officers or civilians have been shot. The suspect that made the phone call is under investigation at this time by the Texas Rangers.

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A heavy police presence has been reported off of Highway 349 and W County Road 320, which is outside of the town of Midkiff.

This presence has been reported near an oil and gas facility.

We have very little information from County and State officials right now.

Midland County officials are urging people to avoid this area right now while law enforcement is on the scene.

CBS7 has a crew heading to the scene right now and will update this story as more information is released.

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