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Police swarm unsuspecting victim of "swatting" prank

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Police swarm a residence as a possible prank on a gamer results in SWAT raid. Police swarm a residence as a possible prank on a gamer results in SWAT raid.

Littleton, Colorado police are seeking the person who lead SWAT teams to swarm a video game player in a prank called "swatting."

Police said the 911 call, which triggered a strong response and locked down schools Wednesday, is no laughing matter.


The caller told dispatchers that he had killed coworkers inside a building near Mineral and Broadway and that he had hostages. Officials have asked the FBI to investigate.


The target of the hoax was a popular gamer who was broadcasting to online gaming site Twitch at the time of the incident and live-streaming footage of the event aired on the site. Responding to what they thought was a credible threat, officers evacuated businesses, set up a perimeter, and locked down nearby schools.


Footage shows the victim realizing he's being pranked and officers swarming the room. He raises his hands in the air and officers begin to check the premises.


The practice of "swatting" involves a person anonymously calling 911 to trick police into deploying to an unsuspecting victim's home under false pretenses.

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