We're glad no one was hurt since it seems like that was definitely a possibility.
A Minnesota Air Force veteran named Joshua Peters had a scary experience this past Wednesday while he was live-streaming himself playing video games on the website Twitch.
Thousands of people witnessed Joshua being called away by his mother, and when he came back Joshua was visibly shaken.
He explained that someone had 'swatted' him by calling the St. Cloud Police Department in Minnesota and told the police that they were living at the address and someone "had shot their roommate and now they were pointing their gun at them."
Two guns shots were heard before the caller hung up and the police moved into action and descended on Josh's house.
Afterwards, Joshua tearfully asked on his live-stream that whoever had a problem with him to please not involve his family. The sight of ten police officers pointing guns at his little brother was almost too much for him to bear.
The veteran had in the past been in Kuwait but had returned because of a medical evacuation. He has since said that he has NO idea who would want to target him in a swatting prank.
Here's what he said in an interview:
"There's no possible persons who I can think would do something like this to me … I've seen this happen to other streamers, I just never thought I would be the one to get randomly targeted. Never. My channel's not crazy big, like some of these other mainstream streamers. I just didn't expect that. I was going upstairs, and before I knew it, my face was on a tile on the ground, hands wide open and a bunch of police officers with assault rifles. When we were all laying down, I spoke out. I said ‘I stream on Twich.TV, I'm being Swatted, and someone probably prank-called this.' And then the tone shifted as soon as I said ‘I'm streaming on Twitch.TV."
But it was the video that he made RIGHT AFTER the incident that is most emotional to watch. It's sad that people continue to get swatted — which is extremely illegal, yet hard to track to punish — but hopefully the video of this veteran, so shaken by what happened and desperate to protect his family, will deter anyone else from doing such a thing.
That's probably unrealistic, but it's something we should at least strive for right?!
Check out the emotional video that Joshua posted fifteen minutes after he and his family were swatted. Watch it (below).