- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

LONG BEACH, N.Y. (AP) - Police sent a swat team to a Long Island home after receiving a call about a possible hostage situation that turned out to be a hoax.

About 60 officers and emergency personnel responded to the Long Beach home on Tuesday.

Police say they believe the incident was a case of “swatting,” a trend among online video game players.

The caller has not been identified. But Long Beach Police Commissioner Michael Tangney says authorities believe it was an anonymous online video game player upset after losing a game called Call to Duty to a teen at the Long Island home.

He said police took the call “very seriously.”

He called swatting “a tremendous waste of taxpayer resources.”

Sen. Charles Schumer this week introduced legislation to crack down on swatting.


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