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Target of fake shooting report calls practice of 'swatting' dangerous

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A Forest Grove man who was the target of a hoax 911 call, known as swatting, said the practice is dangerous.

Forest Grove police officers and Washington County deputies surrounded a mobile home in the 3300 block of Main Street Tuesday evening, after receiving a call about a shooting in one unit.

The caller said the suspect was barricaded in a room with the victim.

The entire call was fake and meant to embarrass an online gamer known as Chaoschunk, who suspects someone in the online gaming community targeted him.

Chaoschunk asked Fox 12 not to use his real name to prevent potential future swatting calls.

Swatting is a practice in which calls are made to police about fake ongoing critical situations, which will prompt a large emergency response, such as a SWAT team.

“You’re doing something that’s putting not only myself in danger, you’re putting everybody in my neighborhood in danger,” said Chaoschunk. “You’re putting the police officers in danger. You’re taking the money that is taking to pay those police officers. You’re putting all that stuff in jeopardy just because you picked up the phone and said there’s this.”

The man, who broadcasts live online while playing games like Minecraft, said his mom heard scanner traffic about a shooting at his address, so he called 911 to tell them about the swatting call.

Police asked him to leave his home with his hands in the air, then handcuffed him while they searched his house.

Officers left after determining the call was fake.

While he doesn’t normally pay attention to online trolls, Chaoschunk wanted to speak out against the practice of swatting.

“The chances of them catching the person who did this is next to zero,” he said. “Because of that, we need to, as a society, either affect legislature or do something to allow law enforcement and allow these companies to easier track down these people.”

Police said someone who is caught making a swatting call can face charges of Improper Use of Emergency Reporting System and Initiating a False Report.

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