A Colorado man was playing a video game when his computer’s camera inadvertently captured the moment a SWAT team burst through his door Wednesday.
According to KMGH-TV, officers received an emergency call in the afternoon warning of an “active shooter” situation at a Littleton office.
“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.
The call later proved to be false and now officers suspect they were subject of a hoax.
Video showing officers storm the office happened to be captured by an unidentified individual, who calls himself “Kootra” online. Kootra was live-streaming video of himself playing a computer game in one of the offices when he heard voices outside his door.
“Oh, oh. This isn’t good,” he said in the video which was later uploaded to YouTube. “They’re clearing rooms. What in the world. I think we are getting swatted.”
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Swatting is the term used to describe the act of falsely reporting a shooting to authorities. It results in officers storming the location of the swatter’s intended victim.
That appears to be what happened in this case.
“Put your hands up! Put your hands up! Get on the ground!” officers ordered Kootra at gunpoint after bursting through the door.
Police then searched him for weapons, before asking him a series of questions. When they learned that they were on-air via Kootra’s live-stream, officers disabled the camera and put the video to an end. It was later posted online where it has already amassed more than 200,000 views.
A Twitter user with the handle @ScrewPain later appeared to take credit for the swatting, claiming responsibility for making the false report.
Authorities are continuing to investigate the incident.
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