Two people have been arrested after they were found in relation to a prank call that resulted in one man being shot in the face by tactical police in Howard County, Maryland.
SWATting is a way to teach gun owners a “lesson” by alway calling 911 when they see the gun owners carrying in public. It is uncalled for.
SWATting is the exact kind of prank call was that Robert McDaid made, after disagreements over video games.
The Independent reports that Robert McDaid, a 21-year old from Coventry, England is the first British citizen to be charged in the UK for swatting. His alleged accomplice, American Zachary Lee, was also indicted last week according to the Baltimore Sun.
McDaid and Lee are said to have telephoned a terrorism hotline posing as Tyran Dobbs. The phony Dobbs claimed to have barricaded himself inside his home with hostages and explosives, and demanded $15,000 for their safe release. Police took the threat seriously, and began to move assets into position including a Special Weapons and Tactics team and, according to one witness, an armored vehicle.
The real Tyran Dobbs was inside the house, and tells his local ABC affiliate he was asleep when the SWAT team roused him. In a tearful interview, Dobbs’ father says he was outside the apartment pleading with officers to stop when they shot his son.
The injuries Dobbs suffered after being wounded by the less-than-lethal rubber ammunition used by police required two different reconstructive surgeries.
This is a very serious “prank” that could be very dangerous if it were to go viral.