Armed Police Were Sent To Fortnite World Cup Winner's Home
The first solo winner of the Fortnite World Cup, Kyle 'Bugha' Giersdorf was swatted on August 10. Armed police were called to his home, interrupting his stream, but fortunately no one was harmed in the incident.
Swatting is when someone makes a false report to the police to send armed officers to another person's home. This can take a number of forms, but has in the past involved someone waiting until a streamer is broadcasting and then calling their police to the streamer's home address after calling to say they've seen someone at the house using a firearm. The aim of swatting is either to disrupt the streamer or to cause harm to the streamer and their family.
As Giersdorf was streaming at the time of the incident, there are clips from his broadcast of the moments when the police arrived. In the first clip you can hear his dad telling him that there are armed police at the door.
In the second clip, around ten minutes later, Giersdorf returns to the game and explains he's just been swatted. "I was lucky because one officer he was in our neighbourhood," Giersdorf says on the stream. "The guy comes in and I notice him - they come in with guns... that was scary. The internet is f*cking crazy".
kinda wild- SEN Bugha (@bugha) August 11, 2019
Luckily nothing worse seems to have happened this time. But in 2017, a swatting incident ended with a father of two being killed by the police.
In December 2017, Tyler Barriss made a hoax call to the police, saying that he was armed and was holding his family hostage and gave them an address which he thought was that of Shaun Gaskill, someone who had lost a bet to one of Barriss' friends, Casey Viner. Police arrived at the address and, believing there to be an active shooter, killed the person who came to the door, believing he was reaching for a weapon.
However, Gaskill had given Viner an old address, so the man who police killed was 28-year-old Andrew Finch.
The bet that Gaskill lost to Viner was for £1.20.
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