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The teen who took home $3 million after winning thelast month was swatted while streaming the video game from his home.
Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf, 16, was nearing the end of a match Saturday in, when he suddenly .
"Did he just leave mid-game?" another gamer could be heard asking.
Off-camera, Giersdorf was heard speaking with his father, saying, "I've been swatted."
"Swatting" is a harassment tactic, in which someone reports an emergency at a perceived enemy's or rival's home in order to get police and SWAT teams to respond to the location.
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When Giersdorf eventually, he explained what had happened.
"Yeah, I got swatted ... Dude, they came in with guns, bro. They literally pulled up," Giersdorf said. "The internet is f------ crazy."
Giersdorf said he was able to defuse the situation so quickly because one of the responding officers lived in his neighborhood and recognized him. Giersdorf told the other players he got lucky.
It was not immediately clear who called in the swatting on Giersdorf. NBC News has reached out to Giersdorf for comment on the incident.
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In a Facebook, the Upper Pottsgrove Township Police Department said officers were dispatched after a call was received about a possible shooting. The caller, pretending to be Giersdorf, claimed that he had killed his father and tied up his mother.
Police surrounded Giersdorf's home, and then called in, which is when Giersdorf's father answered and then came to the door. Cpl. Albert Werner of the Upper Pottsgrove Township Police Department toldthat he believed the initial call came from Europe.
Swatting has had lethal consequences in the past. Andrew Finch, 28, was killed in 2017 asfrom California about a shooting and kidnapping at Finch's home in Wichita.
Authorities said Finch, who appeared to have no connection to the prank caller, was shot by a Wichita police officer.
, of Los Angeles, pleaded guilty in November to a total of 51 charges stemming from phony emergency calls he made, including one count of making a false report resulting in a death.
Barriss20 to 25 years in federal prison as part of a plea agreement, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Central District of Los Angeles.
CORRECTION (Aug. 13, 2019, 11:03 a.m. ET) An earlier version of this article misstated the day of the swatting. It was Saturday, not Sunday.
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