Armed Cops Called over Call of Duty Game

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When the S.W.A.T. arrived at a North Texas home in Lewisville, there were told a shooter was in the house. There was, but it wasn't the shooter the police expected. It was a kid playing Call of Duty: Black Ops.

On Monday a little after 5pm, a teenage boy was playing Call of Duty: Black Ops on Xbox Live. He and his friends were hanging out and talking in an online lobby between matches. According to the teen, whose parents asked that he not be named: "Some dude just popped out of nowhere, and basically said he's going to hack me, he's going to get my information, call the swat team over to my front yard."

The teenager ignored the threat and kept playing with his friends on Xbox Live.

According to CBSDFW news in Dallas, a message was sent to the city via the AT&T Instant Message Relay Service, which is designed for hearing impaired individuals to contact someone via telephone. The message stated that someone had been shot, and there was a shooter inside the house.


Officers arrived at the boy's Lewisville home, but did not see any signs of a shooting. The boy's parents noticed a S.W.A.T. encircling the house. One officer began calling the boy's name with a bullhorn.

"We were all scared, out of our minds," he told CBSDFW. "Didn't understand why they were here. We thought there was some stranger some dude running around our house, hiding behind the boat. We didn't know. We didn't expect nothing."

Frightened, the family called 9-1-1, and the operator connected them to the police, who told them to come out of their house.

The teen said he didn't know who pulled the prank. Police are looking into the matter, and trying to get a subpoena to get the necessary info to snag the gamer who sounded this false alarm.


Call Of Duty Game Leads To Prank Lewisville 911 Call [CBS Thanks Daniel!]

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Axl Surette

I keep seeing people on the comments here mentioning "SWATing"... is this a regular enough occurrence that it actually has its' own descriptor? Seriously? XS