Published: Tue, August 13, 2019
IT | By Lester Massey

Fortnite World Champ "Bugha" swatted during Sunday livestream

Fortnite World Champ

Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf holds his trophy after winning the Fortnite World Cup Finals.

Last month, 16-year-old Kyle Giersdorf won $3 million when he was crowned champion of the Fortnite World Cup in NY.

According to ESPN, the police received a call from a person pretending to be the 16 year old Bugha, who told police he had killed his father and had his mother tied up in the garage.

"I've been swatted", Bugha said on the live stream. which, BTW, is a dumb trend when someone makes a fake claim on a 911 call to get law enforcement to crash an unsuspecting victim's home.

Not all swatting victims are so fortunate, as USA police are heavily armed, increasingly all-out militarized, and often all too willing to fire.

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. The police arrived with guns ready, he said, but in a stroke of luck, one of the officers responding to the incident lived in Bugha's neighborhood and recognized him. "The internet is f-- insane". Giersdorf told the other players he got lucky.

Police surrounded Giersdorf's home, and then called in, which is when Giersdorf's father answered and then came to the door. The entire incident lasted about 30 minutes, Cpl.

The police stated that the call came from "an overseas area, somewhere out of the country".

Swatting has had lethal consequences in the past.

Swatting is a form of criminal harassment where someone makes a false report about a unsafe situation in the hopes of dispatching police or emergency services to another person's address.

It is not known what the swatter told police when they made their false report. 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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