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Popular Video Game Players Swatted

March 23, 2015  | 

Swatting is the act of calling in a fake active shooter or hostage situation in order to trigger a tactical police response. (Photo: File Photo)
Swatting is the act of calling in a fake active shooter or hostage situation in order to trigger a tactical police response. (Photo: File Photo)

Practical jokers have delighted for years in tormenting celebrities at home by calling in bogus reports of violence and provoking huge police responses.

Now they have found a way to turn their pranks into an instant public spectacle by setting their sights on a new set of victims: video gamers who play live on the Internet, often in front of huge online audiences.

Last month, several hundred people were watching Joshua Peters as he played the game RuneScape from his parents’ home in St. Cloud, Minn. A video of Mr. Peters shows him suddenly leaving his computer when police officers appear at the house and order him and his family at gunpoint to lie face down on the ground, the New York Times reports.

Someone had called 911 claiming Mr. Peters had just shot his roommate. Shortly after defusing the situation, Mr. Peters returned to his live stream and tearfully rebuked the culprit, whom he assumed was among his audience. Mr. Peters, 27, said 20 to 30 people on the Internet immediately claimed responsibility for the hoax, but he has no idea why they picked on him.

Comments (3)

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kevCopAz @ 3/23/2015 4:40 PM

Im sure we will never know who did, not worth the time to find out. Sad that the internet can be used for such stupid and dangerous things. Perhaps this reveals the mentality of some folks who are adult but play these games all the time. The victim was 27 and was playing from his parents home? Is he one of these folks living thru the NET and living on a couch in his parents basement? Thanks that nobody were injured other then perhaps pride. Folks grow up, these things are dangerous you fools.

Richard Hightower @ 3/24/2015 12:21 PM

When you run with idiots (even virtually) your suffer from their stupidity, indiocy, and moronic "hold my beer and watch this" foolishness.

The young man should find something better to do with his time.

David B @ 3/24/2015 12:22 PM

kevCopAZ, Joshua Peters is an AF vet and "plays" video games for a living. He is so good at it that the competition called in the "swat" to disrupt his play.

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