A sore loser sent a SWAT team storming to a Long Island home Tuesday as revenge against his teenage video game rival, officials said.
About 3 p.m., the caller said his foe had killed his brother and mother, but cops arriving at the Long Beach address found his 17-year-old video game opponent playing “Call of Duty” in his own home, CBS 2 reported.
The hoax – involving more than 70 emergency responders – appears to have been an instance of a careless “game” called Swatting.
“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,” Long Beach police commissioner Michael Tagney told the local station. “It’s very sophisticated. Unfortunately, it’s very dangerous.”
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