A tense situation that started with disturbing call to Independence police dispatchers Thursday afternoon turned out to be a false alarm.

A tense situation that started with disturbing call to Independence police dispatchers Thursday afternoon turned out to be a false alarm.

Dispatchers received a third-hand call that someone was in distress and needed help, said Capt. John Cato.

Police responded to a home on 44th Street between Phelps and Noland roads after the call came around 2 p.m.The caller, according to police radio transmissions, told dispatchers that   several people had been killed.

A man called his mother-in-law and told her that he killed his entire family and that he will be going to jail. He said this in a calm voice.

The mother-in-law called dispatchers.

The department’s special response team and numerous officers converged on the location.

But officers learned it was a false alarm, that no one was killed or injured.

Cato said no one was barricaded inside the home and there was no forced entry. Additionally, officers did not arrest anyone at the home.

“We got some bad information,” Cato said.

Police had to take every precaution, he said.