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  • 28 August 2014, 12:37

Gamer Films Moment Swat Team Stormed Office

The moment a heavily armed Swat team stormed the office of an online shoot-'em-up gamer has been caught on camera.

He'd apparently been 'swatted' - a potentially deadly prank in which rival gamers report gunshots and screams at a particular address, prompting heavily armed officers to respond.

The raid happened in Littleton, Colorado, after reports of an active shooter were made to police.

But when they burst in, they found the gamer - known as Kootra - playing Counter Strike.

The live-stream video of the gamer caught the build-up and most of the raid on camera.

In the clip, Kootra says: "Uh oh. This isn't good. They're clearing rooms, what in the world, I think we're getting swatted."

As five heavily armed officers barge into the room, he pulls off his headphones, drops his controller, and gets down on the floor.

One officer shouts: "What's your name?" while another sends a radio message saying they have "one in custody".

He was cuffed and brought to his feet to be search, as an officer asked: "What about this is funny to you?"

An anonymous caller had called police claiming Kootra had shot two co-workers and was holding others hostage at gunpoint.

Later Denver police said in a statement: "Fortunately there were no injuries today, but a massive law enforcement response wastes resources and greatly increases the chances of innocent people being injured or killed.

"If the investigation determines that today's incident was a hoax, those involved will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

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