Top Video Game Executive Swatted

"This is not a game."

Swat members / AP


An executive at video game giant Bungie, which created the games Halo and Destiny, has been swatted.

A 911 caller said that there was a man holding the unnamed Bungie executive's family hostage. Police responded to the call but found the threat was not true.

"The caller said he had an assault rifle and he had placed explosives in the yard and he was holding a family hostage," Sammamish Chief of Police Nathan Elledge told KOMO. "He wanted $20,000 to release the family."

Police are taking the situation seriously and are upset at the fraudulent call.

"This is not a game. This is a very serious response that could've had serious consequences and we're just fortunate that didn't happen this time," Elledge said. "It puts officers' lives at risk when you respond to something this serious."

"It puts the citizens' lives at risk."

The false report can carry a $5,000 fine and up to a year in jail, according to the Sammamish Reporter.

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Stephen Gutowski is a staff writer for the Washington Free Beacon. He founded his own site as a junior in college and has been writing about news and politics since that time. He spent 4 years with the Media Research Center and was most recently with the Capitol City Project. His email address is His twitter handle is @StephenGutowski.

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