Video footage of a man being ‘swatted’ has surfaced, revealing how the hoax unfolded Wednesday afternoon in Littleton, Colorado, a local ABC News affiliate reported.
Kootra, the gaming handle or nickname for the victim of the prank, was playing online while streaming video of himself when he heard SWAT team operatives searching rooms in his office building.
He knew something was amiss.
“Oh, oh. This isn’t good,” said Kootra, on the youtube clip. “They’re clearing rooms. What in the world. I think we are getting swatted.”
Police then burst through the door, guns drawn, yelling at Kootra to get down on the ground.
“Put your hands up! Put your hands up! Get on the ground!” officers shout to a reeling Kootra, as he begins to follow their directives.
Shortly thereafter, police begin to search Kootra to ensure he is unarmed, which causes him to chuckle.
An officer sternly asks, “What about this is funny to you?”
“What? I’m not doing anything that is funny,” Kootra replies.
Later in the day, the Littleton Police Department released a statement about the incident.
“The caller claimed to have shot two co-workers, held others hostage, and threatened to shoot them. He stated that if the officers entered he would shoot them as well,” said the LPD.
“There were no victims or any evidence that a shooting had taken place,” the statement continued. “If the investigation determines that today’s incident was a hoax, those involved will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
The investigation is ongoing.