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Armed police storm home of teenage Fortnite champion in 'swatting' incident

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Cecil Davis | 13 August, 2019, 19:40

Since winning the Fortnite tournament and walking away with an incredible $3 million (£2.4 million), Bugha has already faced hackers targeting his social media accounts - but this is the first (and hopefully only) time he's been swatted.

Last month, 16-year-old Kyle Giersdorf won $3 million when he was crowned champion of the Fortnite World Cup in NY.

"What if I just got bopped?" Bugha is interrupted by his father telling him there are armed police at the door, to which he asks, "I got swatted?" A subsequent clip captured the streamer's return and explanation of events: "Yeah, I got swatted". "They literally pulled up, holy s***". "The internet is f-- insane".

In a second video, Geirsdorf retells what happens and explains why he was lucky.

Police surrounded Giersdorf's home, and then called in, which is when Giersdorf's father answered and then came to the door.

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He then said one of the officers lived in his neighbourhood and recognised him. The entire incident lasted about 30 minutes, Cpl.

Police told ESPN that they believed the call came from Europe but did not provide any other details on the suspected "swatter".

Authorities in Upper Pottsgrove Township, where Giersdorf lives, could not immediately comment on the "swatting" call when reached by The Post on Monday night.

Swatting is a form of criminal harassment where someone makes a false report about a risky situation in the hopes of dispatching police or emergency services to another person's address. According to a Washington Post database, at least 544 people nationwide have been shot and killed by police in 2019 to date.

It is not known what the swatter told police when they made their false report. In March, an American man was sentenced to twenty years in prison for a similar incident that resulted in a shooting.