According to this Huffington Post report, a sore (and unidentified) loser who lost a game of Call of Duty match sent a police SWAT team to his opponent's house. According to the report, which is based on reporting from the New York Post, a police SWAT team was dispatched to a Long Island, N.Y. home Tuesday under the assumption that a teen had shot and killed his mother and brother and was ready to kill again. Police went to the home after receiving what turned out be a "swatting" call from Skype.
The caller told a dispatcher the following:
"I just killed my mother and I might shoot more people," the prankster reportedly said.
Police believe the caller looked up the winner's IP address, found his home information and then pretended to be 17-year-old Rafael Castillo, of Long Beach, N.Y.
Around 70 law enforcement officers responded to the scene, with guns drawn, according to reports. Police surrounded the home, called for the teen to come out and called him on his cellphone, but he continued to play video games - unaware of what was going on outside.
His mother, 54-year-old Maria Castillo, was making coffee in the kitchen when she saw police fan out across her front lawn.
Eventually, police realized that they had been pranked and were furious.
"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," Michael Tangney, Long Beach police commissioner, told CBS New York. "It’s very sophisticated. Unfortunately, it’s very dangerous."
Police are still trying to identify the prankster, who they says is "probably just an evil little kid."
"If we determine who made this call, there will be an arrest," Tangney added. "He did something so, so foolish, and so dangerous. I’m very angry -- it’s a tremendous waste of taxpayer resources, it’s a tremendous danger to law enforcement."
Thanks to TheSmokey for the story.