The incidents of swatting have always been a dangerously stupid stunt, no one can really deny that. The practice involves doxxing, or personally identifying someone online, and then calling in false reports to police to hopefully illicit a militarized response against the target for the harassment. The natural conclusion of this behavior happened in 2017
Last weekend, Fortnite World Cup champion Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf was swatted while streaming the battle royale game live on Twitch. The teenager was playing with two other pros, Timothy ‘Bizzle’ Miller and Danny ‘Dubs’ Walsh. Swatting involves finding out where someone lives, and then calling a local police department with some kind of vague but violent threat.
Update (12/30/2017): Los Angeles police arrested 25-year-old Tyler Barriss late Friday on a fugitive warrant in connection to a swatting incident that led to the death of 28-year-old Andrew Finch in Wichita, Kansas following a Call of Duty-related dispute. Barriss allegedly called Wichita police and made the false report. Barriss falsely gave police Finch’s address