I was really hoping we had moved past swatting. I want to believe we have matured enough to learn that calling the police to force their way into a house to resolve a fictional hostage situation is a bad idea. But no, someone had to go and swat a gamer. And this time, the swatting cost a man his life.
According to Twitter user Christopher “Parasite” Duarte, two Call of Duty players who go by the names Miruhcle and Baperizer decided to swat one another. Why? Because they entered into a wager match via UMG and lost. How much money would they have paid? $1-2. However, instead of being good sports, the players got into an argument that ended in the aforementioned swatting. And this is where the story takes a dark turn.
The news site The Wichita Eagle reported that, on December 28th, Wichita police responded to a call about a possible homicide and hostage situation. When they arrived at the house where the purported crime was taking place, one of the officers shot the man who answered the door (no word if it was by accident). The man was rushed to the hospital but was pronounced dead, and upon exploring the house, the officers found no sign of any hostages or homicide. The address given to the police matches with the address Miruhcle provided Baperizer during their argument, but here’s where things get even worse: it wasn’t Miruhcle’s real address. Baperizer got the police to swat/kill a man who had nothing to do with their little spat.
There are no words available in the English language to describe this tragedy. Two people got into an argument over chump change that resulted in the death of an innocent man. Some might say Baperizer is to blame, as he is the one who called the police and initiated the swatting, but Miruhcle provided Baperizer with intentionally fake information that resulted in the death of an innocent man. My heart goes out to the family of the innocent man who lost his life to this event, and I pray justice is served against these two monsters.