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Saturday 24 August 2019

Armed police attend home of Fortnite World Cup winner after ‘swat’ hoax

A prankster impersonating Kyle Giersdorf prompted police to attend his home in what turned out to be a fake emergency.

Police tape (PA)
Police tape (PA)

By Associated Press Reporter

The teenager who won three million US dollars as the first Fortnite World Cup solo champion had armed police show up at his house.

Kyle Giersdorf was live-streaming on Saturday at his Pennsylvania home when he was “swatted”, a prank that aims to prompt police and Swat teams to respond to fake emergencies.

Upper Pottsgrove Police Corporal Albert Werner told USA Today a caller told police “he was Kyle and said he had shot his father multiple times”.

Police called the home before entering and the teenager’s father said everything was fine.

Mr Werner said the call came from outside the country.

Kyle, 16, told his fellow gamers it was scary.

A false emergency call led to the death of a Kansas man two years ago.

The caller was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

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