Last night, Jordan “Kootra” Mathewson, was arrested by a SWAT team while live streaming Counter Strike: Global Offensive. The police had received a hoax phone call claiming that Mathewson had shot two co-workers and was holding the rest hostage. The caller also stated that the live streamer would shoot at the police should they enter the room.
Since this whole incident was being broadcast live to the Internet, videos of the arrest happening are readily available:
Kootra is the founder of YouTube channel, The Creatures. In the video you can hear him saying “Uh oh, this isn’t good, They’re clearing rooms – what in the world? I think we’re getting swatted.” SWAT team members then proceed to storm the room, handcuff and search him.
A police spokesperson explained why the incident took place: “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, There were no victims or any evidence that a shooting had taken place. If the investigation determines that today’s incident was a hoax, those involved will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
This isn’t the first incident we’ve seen of Swatting, last year the problem became so bad in California that a law had to be created to ensure that hoax callers would have to pay the price of an emergency services callout and face up to one year in prison.
So far, The Creatures YouTube channel has yet to comment on the Swatting and the hoax caller has yet to be revealed.
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KitGuru Says: To be fair, ‘Kootra’ acted relatively calm when he heard the police searching through the building, at least he didn’t freak out like a lot of people would have. Swatting is a dangerous prank to pull and isn’t warranted under any circumstance. Did you guys watch the video? What do you think of this?