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Wild Swatting Calls Allegedly Came From a Cop

Alabama police chief says Christopher Eugene Sanspree Jr. 'thought it was funny'

(Newser) - Police departments across the country have been speaking out about swatting as a form of criminal harassment that endangers innocent people as well as police officers. But apparently not all cops think it's so serious. As WAGA and WSFA report, Alabama police officer Christopher Eugene Sanspree Jr., 23, allegedly...

Hundreds of Swatting Calls Came From One Teen: Agencies

17-year-old faces charges in Florida over threats to mosque

(Newser) - Hundreds of swatting crimes and bomb threats can be traced to one 17-year-old California teenager, law enforcement officials say. Alan Filion was extradited this week to Florida, per the Guardian . He appeared before a judge Wednesday in Seminole County, where he faces charges that include three felonies in connection with...

911 Call Resulted in 'Guns Drawn' at Her Parents, Haley Says
Nikki Haley
Was Swatted
a Second Time

Nikki Haley Was Swatted a Second Time

Records show caller told 911 the candidate had shot her daughter

(Newser) - Nikki Haley was the subject of a second hoax call to 911, two days after the one she confirmed Sunday. A caller told the dispatcher on Jan. 1 that Haley had shot her daughter, who was lying in a pool of blood, per Reuters , which has seen the incident report....

Latest Swatting Victim: the White House

DC Fire spokesperson says fake call was in 'same spirit' as recent 'swatting' incidents

(Newser) - A fake 911 call that the White House was on fire sent emergency vehicles to the complex Monday morning, when President Biden and his family were at Camp David. Fire engines and other emergency vehicles responded to a report just after 7am that the White House was ablaze and a...

On Last Day of Trump's Fraud Trial, a Bomb Threat

Swatting incident at judge's home fails to delay closing arguments

(Newser) - Police responded to a bomb threat at the Long Island home of the judge presiding over former President Donald Trump's civil fraud case on Thursday, hours before closing arguments were to begin. It's unclear if Judge Arthur Engoron was home when a Nassau County bomb squad responded around...

Special Counsel, Judge in Trump Cases Were Swatted: Sources

Cops were reportedly sent to DC-area homes of both Jack Smith, Tanya Chutkan in recent weeks

(Newser) - According to an attorney for Jack Smith, the special counsel overseeing two federal cases involving former President Trump has been subjected to "threats" and "intimidating communications" ever since he brought indictments against Trump. Now, Smith and his family have become the victims of a swatting incident, in which...

Latest Victim in Swatting Spree: Soros
Now Soros
Has Been

Now Soros Has Been Swatted

Police were reportedly called to his Long Island mansion Saturday

(Newser) - George Soros has reportedly become the latest high-profile figure to be targeted in a string of swattings. The billionaire philanthropist's estate in Southampton, New York, was swatted around 9pm Saturday, per the New York Post . The Southampton Village Police Department reportedly received a 911 call from a man who...

Maine Official Who Ruled Against Trump Is Swatted

Police respond to false alarm at home of Shenna Bellows

(Newser) - A fake emergency call to police resulted in officers responding Friday night to the home of Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows just a day after she removed Donald Trump from the state's presidential primary ballot. She becomes the latest elected politician to become a target of swatting , which...

GOP Senator Says His Home Was 'Swatted'

Rick Scott was at dinner with his wife at the time

(Newser) - Marjorie Taylor Greene isn't the only Republican lawmaker getting "swatted" : Sen. Rick Scott says it happened to him Wednesday night. "Last night, while at dinner with my wife, cowards 'swatted' my home in Naples," the Florida Republican posted on X Thursday, referring to hoax calls...

Greene Says Swatting Interrupted Family's Holiday
Greene: I Was Just Swatted

Greene: I Was Just Swatted

Georgia Republican says false crime report is another in a series

(Newser) - Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's tormentors thought of her on the holiday. "I was just swatted. This is like the 8th time," the Republican posted Monday on X. "On Christmas with my family here." A series of phone calls starting last year have falsely reported crimes...

Prosecutor: Teen Had Very Bad Plan to Get Friend Off Work

Missouri man allegedly made 'swatting' call that forced evacuation of Ford plant

(Newser) - A 19-year-old man in Missouri allegedly had a plan to get his friend off work and in one way, it was a success: Ford's assembly plant in Claycomo, near Kansas City, was evacuated and production was halted Tuesday night after a caller said they were barricaded in a second-floor...

Gamer Sentenced for Role in Deadly 'Swatting'

Cops killed innocent man at fake address Shane Gaskill gave rival gamer

(Newser) - A Wichita man was sentenced Monday to 18 months in prison for his role in a hoax phone call that led police to shoot and kill an innocent man in 2017. Shane Gaskill, who was 19 at the time of the crime, was sentenced after pleading guilty in May to...

Marjorie Taylor Greene Says She Was 'Swatting' Victim

911 caller claimed man was shot 5 times at her home

(Newser) - Police in northwest Georgia say they're investigating a bogus 911 call received early Wednesday that claimed a person had been shot multiple times at a residence in Rome, Floyd County. Debbie Burnett, Rome's assistant police chief, says officers responding to the call discovered it was the home of...

Teen Pleads Guilty After Grandfather Dies in 'Swatting'

Mark Herring, 60, was being pressured to give up his Twitter handle

(Newser) - A teenager wanted a Twitter handle, and now a 60-year-old grandfather is dead. Federal prosecutors say Shane Sonderman pressured Mark Herring to give up @Tennessee, which Herring had been using since 2008. Herring’s family say they were harassed for hours with messages, unasked-for pizza deliveries, and false reports of...

Cops Getting Irked at Bogus 911 Calls for J-Lo's Home

The 'swatting' has been going on for months

(Newser) - Back in March, reports emerged that Jennifer Lopez had become a "swatting" victim of sorts, with more than a dozen 911 calls made since mid-January that brought police to her Los Angeles-area home—only for cops to find no one was home and that the complaints, which ranged from...

Teen Charged in 'Swatting' Ring Linked to Neo-Nazis

John William Kirby Kelley, 19, was charged last week

(Newser) - The US Justice Department has charged a former Virginia college student with calling in fake emergencies to prompt law enforcement responses, in coordination with a group the FBI labelled as sympathetic to neo-Nazi ideology, the AP reports. John William Kirby Kelley, 19, was charged last week with conspiracy to make...

Gamer Gets 15 Months for 'Harmless Prank'

But Casey Viner's prank got someone killed

(Newser) - An Ohio gamer upset about a $1.50 bet while playing Call of Duty: WWII online was sentenced Friday to 15 months in prison for recruiting a prankster to make a bogus emergency call that resulted in the fatal shooting of a Kansas man by police, the AP reports. Casey...

Well-Known Columnist Apparently Got 'Swatted'

Someone called cops, told them Leonard Pitts Jr.'s wife was being murdered in their home

(Newser) - "It was an interesting way to start the morning," says columnist Leonard Pitts Jr., and that may be just a bit of an understatement. After someone made a hoax call to police reporting that the wife of the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist was being murdered inside their Bowie, Md....

'Swatter' Going to Prison for 20 Years Over Fake Calls

One Tyler Barriss stunt got a man killed in Kansas

(Newser) - A 26-year-old man is going to federal prison for 20 years because of his prolific "swatting"—calling in phony reports of emergencies to police. In the worst case, a fake call that Tyler Barriss of Los Angeles made to police in Kansas about a hostage situation got a...

'Swatter' in Fatal Case Pleads Guilty
'Swatter' in Fatal Case
Pleads Guilty

'Swatter' in Fatal Case Pleads Guilty

Tyler Barriss faces 20 to 25 years in federal case, still faces trial on state charges

(Newser) - The man who "swatted" another in a prank that ended with the second man dead pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday. Tyler Barriss, 26, pleaded guilty to 51 federal charges related to not just the fatal hoax 911 call on Dec. 28, 2017, but also bomb threats against FCC...

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