A Call of Duty dispute led to a California man doing something very, very stupid.
An anonymous call to Long Beach Police at around 3 p.m. yesterday and claimed another man had “had shot members of his family and was threatening to kill others,” according to CBS. SWAT teams, Long Beach and Nassau County Police officers, and MTA Police responded to the hostage call in a Long Beach home.
When cops bombarded the home, they found no one was injured and that the man was actually playing a video game.
The call turned out to be a hoax and part of a now-popular trend called “swatting.”
“In this … bizarre world of Swatting, you get points for the helicopter, for the police cars, for the SWAT team, for the type of entry,” LBPD Chief Michael Tangney told CBS.
“It’s very sophisticated,” he added. “Unfortunately, it’s very dangerous.”
I don’t want to see the day someone gets swatted, and accidentally shot, but we all know it’s sadly going to come to that.
Sore Loser in Video Game Sends SWAT Teams to Teen’s Home [Long Beach Patch]