Swat an idiot!

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BY MANHATTAN NEWS STAFF
A gun-toting SWAT team descended on a house in Long Island to deal with a gun rampage after receiving an emergency call …only to find it was a prank by a disgruntled “Call of Duty” gamer.

Helicopters and emergency vehicles were scrambled in what was seen as a major incident.

But when cops arrived they discovered the call was an act of revenge by a gamer whom the teen who lives inside had just beaten in an online “Call of Duty” battle.

The prank caller told police over Skype that he was Rafael Castillo, 17, of Long Beach — and, “I just killed my mother and I might shoot more people,” police said.

However, Castillo was only using virtual firearms in the online video game.

“Some guy threatened to swat him,” Castillo’s brother Jose said. “He was pissed that he had lost.”

“It was probably just an evil little kid,” one officer revealed. “We went and checked out the place and there was nothing there… It sucked up a lot of resources, caused traffic problems. It turned out to be a hoax,” the cop added.

Long Beach police commissioner Michael Tangney said it’s just the latest example of the “Swatting” game.

“In this … bizarre world of Swatting, you get points for the helicopter, for the police cars, for the SWAT team, for the type of entry,” he told CBS. “It’s very sophisticated. Unfortunately, it’s very dangerous.”

 

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