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Sore Loser in Video Game Sends SWAT Teams to Teen's Home

Opponent in Call of Duty video game called police and claimed Long Beach teen had shot his own family and threatened to kill others.

SWAT teams, Long Beach and Nassau County Police officers, and MTA Police responded to a hostage call in a Long Beach home Tuesday afternoon, but the 911 call turned out to be a horrible prank stemming from a video game, according to multiple reports.

A man called Long Beach Police at around 3 p.m. and reported that "he had shot members of his family and was threatening to kill others," according to CBS.

The call sent officers swarming around the Laurelton Boulevard home, prepared for hostage negotiations.

When police entered the home, however, they found no one was injured and that the man was actually playing a video game on the internet.

The call was made to Long Beach authorities by a 17-year-old player's opponent who was reportedly angered that he lost a Call of Duty game. The act, which has been coined as "swatting," has become a widespread issue for law enforcement nationwide.

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."

"When they're playing video games, if they lose during the game they try to get information on their opponents," Tangney told WABC, saying "swatting" has become somewhat of an epidemic across the country.

"If they do get the information, they call the police and identify themselves as that person and say that they killed somebody so that the police get this response."

Police are hunting for the sore loser who made the call to police and he could face criminal charges as well as a very large bill for the police resources wasted on the phony emergency.

yourusmcboyelvises April 28, 2014 at 02:48 AM
good luck trying to find the illegal immigrant. I ment the little ingrate.
brookhavenconfucius April 28, 2014 at 09:40 AM
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christie nicolle April 28, 2014 at 10:47 AM
Hi brookhaven! yes, yes, we can be certain this jerk who has no moral standards learns it daily from the left .
brookhavenconfucius April 28, 2014 at 11:21 AM
Where the HECK, are this kids' 'keepers' or 'handlers' ?

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