A scene from Call Of Duty World War II. Picture: Supplied
A scene from Call Of Duty World War II. Picture: Supplied

SWATTING: Man killed after prank call

A "swatting" incident by a gamer in Kansas turned deadly when cops fatally shot an innocent 28-year-old man, it was revealed on Friday.

"Swatting" is cyber crime where a hoax call is made to emergency services with the intent of having a large number of SWAT officers dispatched to the victim's address.

The incident unfolded when a "Call of Duty" player made a phony 911 call to Wichita police at about 6pm on Thursday, reports the New York Post .

The gamer, who reportedly gave police the wrong address, claimed he had just shot his dad and was holding his mom and brother hostage, Wichita deputy chief Troy Livingston told reporters.

A gamer was killed after his opponent called police and reported a fake hostage situation. Picture: Supplied
A gamer was killed after his opponent called police and reported a fake hostage situation. Picture: Supplied

When officers arrived, they surrounded the house where the alleged shooting had happened.

A man walked out the front door. He raised and dropped his hands multiple times before an officer opened fire, killing the man with one shot, Livingston said.

But it was all a fraud.

Officers searched the house and found four people inside - none who had been shot or threatened.

Livingston called the "swatting" incident a "tragic and senseless act".

"The irresponsible actions of a prankster put people and lives at risk," Livingston said.

"The incident is a nightmare for everyone involved including the family and our police department."

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Player gave wrong address

Gamers told The Eagle newspaper of Wichita that the fake call stemmed from a feud between two "Call of Duty" players.

Gaming industry news site Dexerto reported the argument was over a US$1 (A$1.30) or $2 (A$2.60) bet. There were no immediate arrests.

The prankster put great detail in the deadly prank, cops said.

The man was reportedly playing Call of Duty before the incident occurred. Picture: Supplied
The man was reportedly playing Call of Duty before the incident occurred. Picture: Supplied

"The calling party stated that he didn't mean to kill his dad. He was arguing with his mom and things got out of hand," Livingston said.

The officer who fired is a 7 ½-year veteran, who has been placed on administrative leave.

Livingston defended the officer, saying the cop genuinely feared the victim was reaching for a gun. He turned out to be unarmed.

"There were several commands given" by police, Livingston said.

"They were all consistent, 'Put your hands up walk towards us.' But he continued to drop them down by his waistband."

Despite this tragic outcome, Livingston his cops won't discount 911 calls.

"When you call for help you're going to get help. The officers have to respond accordingly," he said.

Other gamers have called for "swatting" to be stopped.

This story first appeared in the New York Post.



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