'Call of Duty' Player Gets the SWAT Team Called On Him For Being Too Good

By Alex Wolfe , Updated Apr 23, 2014 03:23 PM EDT
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If you've played Call of Duty (or any first person shooter, really), then you've probably had one of those moments where someone really gets under your skin while you're playing. Maybe they killed you a bunch, or maybe they were talking smack about your mom, but one way or another, they pissed you off.

While most people would just try to take it out on their assailant in the next game, it seems someone thought it would be a good idea to get some retribution in real life. Rafael Castillo, a 17-year-old Long Beach, NY resident, was "SWATted" yesterday by someone he had beaten in CoD.

"SWATting" has been all the rage for a while now, calling up police and reporting a major crime to get the SWAT team deployed to someone's house. It's mostly been used as a prank tactic against celebrities to this point, but whoever Rafael was beating on must have been extra angry with him. The New York Post has the report:

"The prank caller told police over Skype that he was Rafael Castillo, 17, of Long Beach - and that 'I just killed my mother and I might shoot more people,' cops said.

"But Castillo was only using virtual firearms in the online video game."

Just how crazy did the scene get? Pretty damn crazy.

"In the two-hour standoff, authorities scrambled choppers over the house and rushed in more than 60 officers with weapons drawn - including elite members of Nassau County's special operations unit," the Post reports.

Oh, but it gets better. Rafael didn't even realize that there were 60 armed men outside of his house and choppers flying overhead... because he was too busy playing Call of Duty. Of course.

"Cops tried for 20 minutes to call Rafael and get him to come out, but he had headphones on and was still glued to his video game console."

This is maybe the most Call of Duty story I have ever heard. The saddest part is, the guy who SWATted the kid was probably a grown man. Tracking someone's IP through Xbox Live isn't exactly child's play. Of course, little Rafael was probably also being a huge jerk, as high schoolers on Duty often are. Still doesn't really merit calling police on the guy. I think a simple muting would've done fine.

So take that as a lesson, kids. Don't be too good at CoD, or some guy could look up your IP address and get the SWAT team to your door. What a world we live in.

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