Overly Loud Gamer Gets a Visit From the SWAT Team

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Overly Loud Gamer Gets a Visit From the SWAT Team

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A man from Bound Brook, New Jersey, has been arrested and taken to hospital for psychological evaluation after his "screaming" while gaming attracted the attention of a pedestrian, the police and ultimately the SWAT team.

The incident began Tuesday afternoon when a woman called police to report screams emanating from a house she had walked past. Police responded and asked the man who answered the door, who cannot be identified due to the ongoing investigation, if anything was wrong; he responded that he was yelling because he was playing videogames.

At this point, things get a bit hazy. The man became "irrational," according to a report by mycentraljersey.com, although why or in what fashion is unknown. More police showed up and the man became "increasingly irate," refusing the let the officers into his house, threatening them and eventually "slamming the door" on them.

The situation escalated further. The SWAT team was called in while police maintained contact with the man through open windows. And then, about an hour after it all started, he left the house "without incident," at which time he was arrested, charged with disorderly conduct and taken away for his psych evaluation.

Details are scarce and it's impossible to tell if this guy was a legitimate nut-job or just one of the hardcore who got caught up on a hot round of TF2 and wasn't interested in answering stupid questions from overly-aggressive police. But looking at it purely from the perspective of a gamer I have to think that there's a good chance the police got it wrong. Anyone who's played games online knows what it's like: I've been hurling obscenities at inanimate objects since at least the early 90s and my sister - my respectable, mother-of-three businesswoman sister - yells things that would make a longshoreman blush when she plays Call of Duty 4.

Whatever the case, the lesson seems clear: Hootin' and hollerin' from the bleachers is one thing but if you want to do it in the privacy of your own home, you'd better be ready to answer some questions - politely.

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So did SWAT, actually show up?

if so, thats hilarious otheriwise its still kinda funny

Wow, way to overreact. I don't think they should have sent him in for a psych test, but he shouldn't have slammed the door on the cops either.

TheTygerfire:
Wow, way to overreact. I don't think they should have sent him in for a psych test, but he shouldn't have slammed the door on the cops either.

I dont know he was yelling at his TV and loud enough to attract attention for im guessing quite an enxtended period of time. I would have shot him in the leg and broken his console on "accident" but thats why im not cop.

I think the SWAT team just wanted to have a go.

But seriously...exactly WHY were the SWAT team called? What part of this situation couldn't the police handle?

Oh, this gets better:

After the officers arrived, the man became increasingly irate, refused to let the officers into the house, threatened officers and then slammed the door, police said.

So, they arrived in his house, he got angry, THEN he didn't let them in, THEN he slammed the door.

Anyone else having problems with the timeline here?

As the officers continued to communicate with the man through open windows

So they yelled at him while he was playing games (presumbaly on a headset)

, the SWAT team was called and staged in the nearby parking lot of Bound Brook High School.

At around 4:41pm

"Mummy, why is that man got a gun and a gasmask?"
"Must be after one of those dreadful gamers dear."

And it's the gamer that's getting a psyche test? What about the police?

Maybe he was playing Team SWAT mode in Halo.

*facepalm*

Really, though. If I was engaged in an epic struggle for control of Gravel Pit, I'm pretty sure I'd be snarky, too, when the police arrived to ask about yelling at my TV.

Wow, the levels of idiocy shown in that situation were absolutely astounding. All those police officers should be given a nice slap on the wrist for being prats. The neighbors were right to be concerned that the fellow was actually yelling at someone instead of just something, but once the police found out that he was raging at a television, they should have turned around and left. No one's getting hurt, and they had absolutely no justification for trying to force entry into the man's home, unless there's something the article is leaving out, like the smell of pot wafting out the open door, or something of that sort. But calling the SWAT team? What a disgusting and blatant abuse of power, not to mention a shameful waste of resources.

Wow, overreacting much?

The way I see it going down is that the police wanted to come in and make sure everything was alright, and he refused. But that was a complete overreaction to call in the SWAT, if they were just dealing with an angry guy. That's what they have mace, pistols, and their bodies for. Of course I'm sure it was just because the SWAT guys had nothing better to do.

The most fucked up part being that if the cops didn't have a search warrant I don't believe they were within their rights to demand entry to his house. They should have left when the guy said he was fine.

This man is dedicated to his games.

I got five bucks says his name is Leeroy Jenkins!

Wow! I am both impressed and disturbed by this. I get pissed and yell while playing games but I've never had the cops called on me.

What if the man had not been yelling at the TV/games? What if he was yelling stuff like "I'm going to kill you! I'm going to rip your arms off and stab you!" and had actually been shouting at a person he had trapped in his house? Would it have been fair for the police to call SWAT then?

Now the the event is over we know he was not, but we don't know the full facts and it was possible the police thought he was a geuine threat. Either way, we don't have the information here that the police had there; their reactions could have been perfectly reasonable to the situation.

I dunno, reading it like this does make it seem like the police over-reacted, but then if I was to write down a step-by-step, factual account of when a dude apparently went completely crazy in my neighbourhood a couple of weeks ago, it would read pretty similar.

That incident went from a dude yelling and screaming, to having the police having to smash one of the windows of the car he'd sealed himself in and carefully pluck him out while he was pretty much catatonic.

Sometimes people go nuts, and maybe this guy did.

I'm baffled as to why they felt the SWAT team should be called in, though. I suppose they could have felt there was a chance the guy was amped on something and might be willing to exercise his 2nd Amendment rights or so, but surely that still falls within the remit of the conventional police department?

The_root_of_all_evil:

After the officers arrived, the man became increasingly irate, refused to let the officers into the house, threatened officers and then slammed the door, police said.

So, they arrived in his house, he got angry, THEN he didn't let them in, THEN he slammed the door.

I figure that should maybe read like "After the officers arrived on the scene". Certainly in the UK a police officer won't usually enter your property unless he has specific reason to do so. If he's asking a few questions, and particularly responding to a disturbance at the residence, they will usually save that until they feel there is a real need to come inside. Generally speaking, if a cop shows up on your doorstep because neighbours or passers by have made complaints, and after asking you some questions they want to come in, then you can be pretty sure they think you're guilty of whatever.

Mic spammers beware, the police is coming to get you.

That is all! :D

haha, i think he was just losing badly at the game and because he was blind with rage he was being snippy to the cops... lol

Hmm, I was actually thinking of getting a mic until I read this...

Well, if you are shouting stuff for 2 hours and the police show up, you should open the door, since they have no idea if you are really playing a game or if a robber is threatening you to ditch the police. It's for your own good and stuff.
Maybe they were asking him if they could enter the premises just to check if everything was ok (or to have a good old split screen console party), and he refused while insulting them. You know, a bad idea.

And so it happens that the SWAT team was in the neighbourhood...

I'd be mad too if I was pulled away from my games from the police.

Of course, I probably would have broken their limbs...

I would say they called SWAT because a neighbor heard screaming and then a nervous agitated person answered the door and had a lame-ass excuse to the cops. They probably thought he had someone tied up in the back and he was torturing him when the sock fell out of his mouth.

(to the N.J kid)I understand yelling at your computer, I owned windows 98 at one point, but at least respect your neighbors and the cops.

I think it was a damn good move on the cops part.

A SWAT team? Seriously? One cop with enough leg-strength to kick the door in could have handled the situation, and they called in a fucking SWAT team?

Idiots in power... It makes me wonder how society continues to work...

Scabadus:
What if the man had not been yelling at the TV/games? What if he was yelling stuff like "I'm going to kill you! I'm going to rip your arms off and stab you!" and had actually been shouting at a person he had trapped in his house? Would it have been fair for the police to call SWAT then?

Now the the event is over we know he was not, but we don't know the full facts and it was possible the police thought he was a geuine threat. Either way, we don't have the information here that the police had there; their reactions could have been perfectly reasonable to the situation.

Your right man, I totally agree HOWEVA-
I would have pumped that little shit-bag full of beanbag rounds and stormed the house.

Nimbus:
A SWAT team? Seriously? One cop with enough leg-strength to kick the door in could have handled the situation, and they called in a fucking SWAT team?

Idiots in power... It makes me wonder how society continues to work...

what if there was more than one perp in the house?

Why should my tax dollars pay for lazy police that need a swat team to take out one hard-core gamer? I mean seriously? What is he gonna do? throw his God of War replicate knives at them? common!

I shout at games like skate and whatnot a lot ,i`m going to have to reinforce my door and calling the SWAT in for that??? why not just call in the millitary so they can take him down and bring this ridiculous over-reaction to a conclusion?

Wow. It's interesting to see the lack of a thought process when gamers get offended. Yeah, the police were called on a gamer, and he said he was just playing games, so why call in SWAT? Well, my thoughtless friends, when the police get called in for a bank robbery, if the thieves say that they're just making a deposit, but then lock the doors and start shouting at the police, do you actually expect them to go 'okay, that's good enough for me. Let's go boys!' Try to use some brain skills here.

1) The man was most likely screaming at the top of his lungs since he could be heard outside of his house, and saying things that would make sailors cringe.

2) The police obviously did not know whether or not there was any danger to a person who possibly could have been inside, because he would not let them inside.

3) They did not know if he was armed, or whether or not he had the capability or intention to kill.

So, if you put in into perspective instead of ranting about how another gamer gets bothered for no reason, you might realise that, yes, the police did indeed have a good reason to be called(psycho man screaming that could be heard from the street,) and yes there was a good reason SWAT was called(psycho man could be armed and dangerous and would not allow the police in his house.) Stop being so full of yourselves thinking that every time a gamer gets in trouble, it's for discriminatory reasons.

Nimbus:
A SWAT team? Seriously? One cop with enough leg-strength to kick the door in could have handled the situation,

In Jersey? You kiddin'?

Remember, kids, we don't have all the facts and don't know the details... let's assume that Mr. Police Officer isn't totally barking nuts for calling in SWAT until we know why he called. There are a ton of perfectly rational reasons to call in SWAT: suspect says he's armed, suggestions that there are others in the house, or hostages, or explosives... earlier in the week a simple collection on an overdue water bill turned into a major multidepartmental operation that seized a private armoury and enough homemade explosives to blow up the trailer park.

Things are never quite as simple as they may seem from a 200-word newswire clipping.

-- Steve

So they felt the had room in their budget to waste calling a SWAT team for this?

Idiots. Pure. Idiots.

remember the police cant confirm hes playing games, it could just be an excuse

HardRockSamurai:
I got five bucks says his name is Leeroy Jenkins!

Actually, his names Ben Schultz. The Leeroy thing was at random.

...I'm that much of a nerd. ><

This does seem ludicrous in many ways, but if that guy was being overheard he really needs to lay off the caffeine and energy drinks. When people come aknockin at your door, its a sure clue you need to take a break.

I bet they filed a complaint on him for annoying voice
Heh funny

Venting is totally fine, scream away. 'Oh I dont like shouting' can get to frack.

The issue was probably backtalking to a police officer, an incredibly stupid move & frankly they should do time for being a dick. The problem with evolutionary theory is that stupidity neither hurts or increases sterility.

I think he was fine up until he disrespected the officers, but why in the world would SWAT be on it? It's not the damn movies, policemen are actually compitent.

another reason to love NJ!

but really? who calls the police over screaming. unless its rape. rape is never good. but the guy could of atleast cooperated with the police.

TheTygerfire:
Wow, way to overreact. I don't think they should have sent him in for a psych test, but he shouldn't have slammed the door on the cops either.

Its his house they didn't have a warrant. If you did nothing wrong the police are a nuisance and why should you have to cooperate with them? I'm talking about if youre just at your home and not out causing a nuisance. I understand the circumstances leading to the police procedure but the man had every right not to want to be bothered. Hopefully the case just gets dismissed.

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