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Perform well enough in a Call of Duty match and you can call in helicopters and other reinforcements to help keep your streak alive. One Call of Duty player took things a little too far by phoning in a fake call to police, which resulted in a SWAT team knocking at his opponent’s door.
The drama unfolded after a match involving New York resident Rafael Costillo and a disgruntled fellow player. The scorned anonymous player called the police claiming to be Costillo and said that he’d just killed his mother, and that he “might shoot more people.” The prank caller also provided the police dispatcher Costillo’s address.
Eventually helicopters, squad cars, fire trucks, and over 60 cops descended on Costillo’s home. A two-hour long standoff occurred between the authorities and the Costillo residence. The police eventually entered the home and confirmed that the supposedly at-risk family was fine. Costillo was unable to hear the entire episode go down due to the headphones he was wearing while playing Call of Duty.
“It was probably just an evil little kid,” said an police officer to the New York Post. “We went and checked out the place and there was nothing there … It sucked up a lot of resources, caused traffic problems, and turned out to be a hoax.”
Our TakeSore losers are bad enough after the match, but extending the bellyaching is even more pathetic. Hoaxes like these are what give gamers a bad reputation. Hopefully, Costillo’s pest will be tracked down and punished for wasting everybody’s time.
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