Giersdorf was "swatted", a potentially deadly prank when someone calls authorities and directs them to an innocent person's home.
"Well that's a new one", Bugha said when he return to the stream. Which was extremely lucky, as Burga adds that they pulled up with guns ready.
Caught up in Fortnite's frantic pace, Miller and Walsh didn't register what Gierdorf had said, leaving them to wonder why he appeared to have abandoned them in the middle of a game. Kyle streams daily to his audience of over 640,000 followers, so being swatted at this level is kinda insane.
Giersdorf, who plays under the name Bugha, disappeared for 10 minutes while the game was live-streamed on Twitch.
Fortunately, one of the officers who arrived at Bugha's house lived in the area and recognized the video game prodigy, averting any potential disaster.
Corporal Albert Werner of the Upper Pottsgrove Township Police told ESPN that the department received a call from a person acting as Giersdorf.
"Yeah, I got swatted". "That's scary...the internet's [expletive] insane". It's risky; in 2017 a 28-year-old Kansas man was shot and killed in a swatting incident after someone made false reports of a hostage situation. According to a Washington Post database, at least 544 people nationwide have been shot and killed by police in 2019 to date. In March, the caller, 25-year-old Tyler Barriss of Los Angeles, was sentenced to serve between 20 and 25 years in prison for the act.
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