In case you didn’t think that the Call of Duty fanbase was full of scumbags already, the last few days of 2017 proved you wrong. A Call of Duty swatting incident between two players has ended in the death of an unrelated 28-year-old man, and one of the pair has already been arrested.
“Swatting” is a trick used by a number of trolls and troublemakers on the internet, which involves calling 911 and making a false police report about a violent crime in progress at a house, which will often bring in armed police officers smashing into the home and terrifying anyone in it. Normally this is done to streamers or celebrities by trolls who manage to discover their address, but up until now a death had never occurred (though numerous injuries had previously been reported).
Apparently, the Call of Duty swatting incident was sparked by an argument over money (a minuscule amount too, apparently around $1.50). One of the players, the one who made the call, threatened the other and ordered him to give him his address. The other player gave a false address, located in Wichita, Kansas. The swatting occurred later, after a call was made to Wichita police about a domestic disturbance where someone had shot his father and was holding his family hostage.
The victim of the swatting, 28-year-old Andrew Finch, ended up being killed when he answered the door and was shot by police when he moved his hands towards his waist instead of upward. The next day, a 25-year-old man in Los Angeles was arrested for making a false report.
Hopefully the fact that swatting has now resulted in a straight-up death, rather than psychological trauma or an injury, will teach the idiots of the internet that a game is not worth getting the police involved over. Not only that, but hopefully this Call of Duty swatting incident will help police to begin to exercise more caution when responding to calls.