Call of Duty Sore Loser Sends SWAT Team to Long Island Home

April 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

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.


Comments

Re: Call of Duty Sore Loser Sends SWAT Team to Long Island Home

Take the 'prankster' out back and pop them in the knee. Honestly, there have been a lot of deaths involving wrong houses and the very rightful owner defending himself from what appears to be intruders.

Re: Call of Duty Sore Loser Sends SWAT Team to Long Island Home

"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."

Swatting has been going on for a couple of years now, and this is the first I've heard of some arbitrary point system. Where did he get this information from?

I also take serious issue with the media referring to it as some "game."

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Re: Call of Duty Sore Loser Sends SWAT Team to Long Island Home

"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."

Notice that he does not mention the danger to the innocent people who live in the home that had the SWAT team called on. I think their lives are pretty valuable too.

Re: Call of Duty Sore Loser Sends SWAT Team to Long Island Home

Not to mention the danger to any pets the family might have. If they know they're dealing with cops, most innocent people can be expected to at least try not to act aggressive (though police mistakes happen, and cellphones do get mistaken for guns), you can't expect the same from pets. If a dog sees an intruder into the home who's making its owners agitated, the dog is very likely to get upset. This has led to many cases of dogs being shot by police officers in needless raids.

To sum it up, a false SWATting can:

-Get innocent people hurt or killed (uncommonly, but not never)

-Get police hurt or killed (more rarely - usually only on no-knock warrants when the homeowner thinks they're being invaded and defends themself)

-Get pets hurt or killed (more frequently than people)

-Waste police time, money, and resources (always)

So, someone deliberately calling in a false report should rightfully be charged for all the above possible repercussions. Not a game at all.

Re: Call of Duty Sore Loser Sends SWAT Team to Long Island Home

Agreed here. Its not uncommon for an "accidental" shooting to take place due to an over zealous, or scared, officer with a twitchy trigger finger. I recall one case where the officer reportedly "tripped" over an extension cord and shot an unarmed teenager and short range with a shotgun... yeah brilliant.. finger on trigger while at the back of an unarmed individual :/

Had they entered and the kid threw his hands up with the controller in hand, it wouldn't stun me one bit to have heard they'd shot him under the assumption it was some sort of weapon..

I'm all for shoot first ask questions later tbh, but only if a threat has been positively identified...

 

Re: Call of Duty Sore Loser Sends SWAT Team to Long Island Home

I'm all for shoot first ask questions later tbh, but only if a threat has been positively identified...

Sorry. Can't agree with you there. It is a lot harder to "positively" identify a threat than you may think.

Re: Call of Duty Sore Loser Sends SWAT Team to Long Island Home

I don't mean on the fly, I mean if they're going into a KNOWN hostile situation where weapons have already been confirmed, and not merely reported.

 

Re: Call of Duty Sore Loser Sends SWAT Team to Long Island Home

You beat me to it.  That's the first thought I had as well.

 

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Re: Call of Duty Sore Loser Sends SWAT Team to Long Island Home

I hope they find the idiot who pulled this prank. In real situations like this cops might deploy "Shoot first, Ask later", meaning they could of killed the innocent kid.

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Re: Call of Duty Sore Loser Sends SWAT Team to Long Island Home

Jeez, first I hear about someone hacking a Youtube account over things said about Saints Row 3. then this.

Re: Call of Duty Sore Loser Sends SWAT Team to Long Island Home

Daaaaaaaamn! 

I really don't know what to say about this. I'm really speechless. I'm watching the video over on Huffington. "This is becoming an epidemic for law enforcement." This is the first I have heard of it.

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Re: Call of Duty Sore Loser Sends SWAT Team to Long Island Home

It's been going on for a couple of years now. Just ask Brian Krebs, or the League of Legends streamer PhantomL0rd.

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