Despite the increasing number of individuals getting in trouble for it, some disgruntled or otherwise less-than-wise individuals are still swatting others — calling in fake threats to have law enforcement and/or a SWAT team set to a gamer’s home. One such ‘prankster’ was recently arrested for swatting, but already another incident has happened to fill the void, this time against gamer Joshua Peters, a USAF veteran living in Minnesota who goes by the handle “Koopatroopa787“. After the incident, Peters called out his prankster.
Peters was live streaming on Twitch to an audience of about 60,000 viewers when law enforcement invaded his home. His brothers and mother were home when it happened; Peters became aware of the raid when his mother called for him, saying that officers were in the house apparently looking for him.
After some discourse, it became apparent to the responding law enforcement team that the call had been a prank. The St. Cloud police chief William Anderson has said they are investigating the matter, confirming that the raid took place to ABC News. Peters has said that the officers were “very professional”, and that he is working with them to help determine who made the call.
After the incident took place, Peters — who was visibly shaken — called out the prankster on his stream, saying in part: “I see you posting my address. I had police point a gun at my little brothers because of you. They could have been shot, they could have died because you chose to SWAT my stream.” Check out the timeline below for related incidents.
SOURCE: ABC News