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A video gamer's office near Denver, US, was dramatically raided by armed police - and the incident was broadcast live online.

Jordan Mathewson, known as Kootra online, was playing popular title Counter-Strike when several officers entered the room and arrested him.

According to ABC News, he was later released without charge.

Officers said they were now trying to trace what they believed was a hoax call, possibly targeting the gamer.

"The caller claimed to have shot two co-workers, held others hostage, and threatened to shoot them. He stated that if the officers entered he would shoot them as well," the Littleton Police Department said in a statement.

"There were no victims or any evidence that a shooting had taken place.

"If the investigation determines that today's incident was a hoax, those involved will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

As is popular with many gamers, Mr Mathewson had been live-streaming his game online.

At one point, Mr Mathewson told people listening that he thought the building was "being swatted".

Moments later, several armed officers enter the room, shouting and ordering Mr Mathewson to the ground where he is handcuffed.

The full video of the incident, which contains strong language and video game violence, was posted on YouTube.

In it, Mr Mathewson can be heard telling police: "I'm sitting there playing a game, people are watching it, and I guess a joker thought it would be funny to call you guys in."

As the incident played out, the game continued to take place without Mr Mathewson taking part.

"Swatting" is a growing issue for police in the US, in which hoax calls are made with the intention of sounding serious enough to provoke the SWAT - Special Weapons And Tactics - team into deployment.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DD0h_9xny38

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Why would the trolls stop swatting when it gets posted all over the news? 

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Why would the trolls stop swatting when it gets posted all over the news? 

 

Maybe if we executed them and set an example, they would stop.

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"The caller claimed to have shot two co-workers, held others hostage, and threatened to shoot them. He stated that if the officers entered he would shoot them as well,"

 

Police bust through door anyway... You'd think they would be more tactful. He heard them coming with his headphones on quite a few seconds before they entered. Plenty of rambo-prepping time.

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I just saw this. It sounds like this isn't the first time that it's happened?

Someone is going to get hurt, whoever makes these kind of pranks needs to understand that.

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Sadly not a rare occurrence on Twitch (N)

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Your tax dollars at work waste.

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Your tax dollars at work waste.

Yes because the police should not take a potential crime-in-progress seriously. Better that they show up on a prank call then go after those who make the call than ignore a call that leads to someone getting injured or killed.

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The whole conversation is hilarious. And apparently he was locked up for a week because they found cannabis on his desk or something like that.

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Someone is going to get hurt, whoever makes these kind of pranks needs to understand that.

 

Pretty sure that's the idea.

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This should set a good example for those idiots who think this type of thing is funny.

 

It's not the person who "swatted" the livestreamer in the video above, but apparently in this case the police critically injured the streamers father during the event, all because this 15 year old was upset he was beaten and called a threat into the police. While only 15 years old, he got 25 years to life in prison for his "joke".

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This should set a good example for those idiots who think this type of thing is funny.

 

It's not the person who "swatted" the livestreamer in the video above, but apparently in this case the police critically injured the streamers father during the event, all because this 15 year old was upset he was beaten and called a threat into the police. While only 15 years old, he got 25 years to life in prison for his "joke".

 

 

 

Prosecutors played audio of Horner

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This should set a good example for those idiots who think this type of thing is funny.
 
It's not the person who "swatted" the livestreamer in the video above, but apparently in this case the police critically injured the streamers father during the event, all because this 15 year old was upset he was beaten and called a threat into the police. While only 15 years old, he got 25 years to life in prison for his "joke".


Pretty sure thats a made up/satire news site. Kinda like the Onion, only not funny or entertaining..
They seem to use the Paul Horner name alot in their stories as well.

edit:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Report

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Pretty sure thats a made up/satire news site. Kinda like the Onion, only not funny or entertaining..
They seem to use the Paul Horner name alot in their stories as well.

edit:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Report

Hah, thanks, posted it within minutes of seeing it and didn't bother to check up on it. Personally I feel this is the type of sentence that should be given to false reports that lead to SWAT involvement.

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The whole conversation is hilarious. And apparently he was locked up for a week because they found cannabis on his desk or something like that.

 

He was released without charge...

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So, was this 'standard procedure' - no violations or anything?

Also I don't think "SWAT seize video gamer live on cam" is more accurate Edited by _Alexander

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Your tax dollars at work waste.

Do you ever think before you post?

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This should set a good example for those idiots who think this type of thing is funny.

 

It's not the person who "swatted" the livestreamer in the video above, but apparently in this case the police critically injured the streamers father during the event, all because this 15 year old was upset he was beaten and called a threat into the police. While only 15 years old, he got 25 years to life in prison for his "joke".

 

25 years for that. Totally ridiculous.

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The whole conversation is hilarious. And apparently he was locked up for a week because they found cannabis on his desk or something like that.

 

Wrong guy. You're thinking of WhiteBoy7thst. This guy's nickname is Kootra.

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After joining my 16 year old on a run I got to listen to just how serious these kids take these games,  its real to them.  There is a generation that is using the virtual world as if it is the real world and when things don't go they way they want it very real threats are made.  

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Someone is going to get hurt, whoever makes these kind of pranks needs to understand that.

 

 

You're assuming they'd care. I highly doubt they would.

 

This is another unsavoury part of the gaming community. The community seems largely juvenile. 

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Surprised this didn't end with someone getting shot to be honest, hoax and all.

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The whole conversation is hilarious. And apparently he was locked up for a week because they found cannabis on his desk or something like that.

 

 

i guess you need to read the news more often... weed is legal to buy in the states of washington & colorado

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