LONG BEACH, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say a telephone call that brought a swarm of heavily armed police to a Long Island home turned out to be a hoax from an upset video game player.
Newsday (https://nwsdy.li/1hfyV5B ) says the 3 p.m. call to authorities Tuesday came from a person who reported that he killed his mother and brother inside the home in Long Beach.
Police say the unknown person likely made the call after becoming upset while playing an online video game against a teenage opponent who lived in the home.
Police say the potential suspect could be charged for falsely reporting an incident and billed for the $100,000 emergency response.
The practice of making such hoax calls, which bring out SWAT teams and often target the homes of celebrities, has become known as “swatting.”
Information from: Newsday, https://www.newsday.com
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