Bluffdale homeowner becomes victim of 'swatting' prank

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  • Pete1215 Lafayette, IN
    Sept. 2, 2014 10:15 a.m.

    If the SWAT team is "pranked" to location A, thus making the SWAT team unavailable at location B, and someone dies at location "B", is the prankster legally at risk for the death?

  • Samwise Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 2, 2014 10:07 a.m.

    This is a very immature and foolish "prank" to do. I agree with those who say it should be penalized under the law, if those who do it can be caught and proven guilty of course. I would say minimum fine of $25,000 and minimum prison sentence of 1 year. It not only wastes police resources and time, but also puts peoples' lives at risk. I am glad the police involved in responding to this call were able to be level headed and reasonable in their response, and that no one got hurt.

  • Red San Antonia, TX
    Sept. 2, 2014 7:56 a.m.


    Do you have ANY common sense?

    If this is a "national trend" and you are getting a call from the house. Do you think that MAYBE you could just call the house yourself and verify ANYTHING before you spend all your time and OUR money rolling out to pounce on people? Geez.

    Also, with all the Power tripping cops out there this guy is lucky he wasn't killed. If he didn't follow your every direction perfectly one of you would likely have shot him.

    You guys are quickly losing credibility. I know you think it's the opposite when you throw people to the ground and handcuff them for no reason at all other than your paranoia and training to "control" everything and shoot whomever doesn't comply, but that is not what we need.

    Maybe just a little common sense that isn't so common anymore.

  • hockeymom Highland, UT
    Sept. 2, 2014 7:10 a.m.

    What if real hostage situations get over looked because the actual gunmen inside call cops and say they are the victims of a prank. "Move along folks.... nothing to see here." I hope they check out every reported threat, no matter the circumstance. I guess the smartest thing to do is call cops, give an accounting of who is in the house, tell them you are all on the floor inside and will not resist arrest. Great, if you know you're being pranked, but what about the poor people who are taken off-guard? This is ugly.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 10:06 p.m.

    and six month in jail...

  • Jack Aurora, CO
    Sept. 1, 2014 8:42 p.m.

    This isn't funny. Someone will get killed over this so-called "prank". The caller put the people in jeopardy with the false alarm, and put the officers in jeopardy from an unsuspecting homeowner who may be armed and unaware that police are responding to the home on a false alarm. It will only take one mis-communication and someone will die needlessly, just to get someone a laugh. The police must indeed respond with the idea that it is founded, and will act accordingly. If confronted by an armed homeowner, they may shoot. If the homeowner doesn't see that they are police and they enter the home, the homeowner may shoot the officer as an intruder. There are so many ways this can go sideways......

    Find the people who are doing this, and put them away..let them get their chuckles in a cell for a while and see how funny it is. Then, let the wrongful death lawsuits begin....

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 7:42 p.m.

    What ought to happen? Task the NSA to find out who did this and then assess them a $25,000 fine.