Vengeful gamer incites SWAT response with false shooting reporton June 22, 2012 @ 6:08 am (Updated: 2:12 pm - 6/22/12 )
The false report indicated a father had shot his 14-year-old daughter after finding out she was pregnant.
"Certainly this is something that would get law enforcement's attention in a nano second," says Deputy Scott Wilson, with the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office.
The 911 caller reportedly told authorities that the father of the teen was walking around the house crazy with a gun.
When law enforcement responded to the home, Wilson says they were met with a very different scene.
"They saw the alleged shooter, in this case the father, was in the backyard of the residence just acting very, very normal."
Wilson says authorities took the man into custody and cleared the house.
"There was no injured or shot girl. There was no girl period, and everybody in the house was safe and fine," says Wilson. "Once this was discovered, the man of course was unhandcuffed."
It was at this time, Wilson says, that the man's 16-year- old son spoke up.
"His 16-year-old son said he believed he may have an answer to why this occurred, and this has to do with his Internet gaming."
The 16-year-old had reportedly been playing an online video game with somebody in British Columbia, but when the Canadian player was kicked off the gaming website, he set out to get back at the Kingston kid.
"He indicated to the kid that, 'I'm going to SWAT you, or I'm going to have your house swatted.' I'm going to report something to get law enforcement to respond to your house and we'll see if we can amp this up to get the SWAT team there," says Wilson.
The B.C. gamer could potentially face charges for the false report.
"We're in the process of investigating these TTY messages and trying to locate the person who sent them," says Wilson. "This is a potentially volatile situation and puts the public and officers at a degree of risk. You have a lot of vehicles coming from all over North Kitsap running with lights and sirens for a potential crime scene."
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