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Livestreaming Chef Gets Swatted, Keeps Camera Rolling As Police Clear House

Myrtle Beach, SC – A South Carolina chef was livestreaming on Twitch as he made tacos for his family in June when a SWAT team surrounded the residence because somebody had called 911 and reported that he had killed everyone in the house.

The fake report, known as “swatting,” is designed to create an urgent police response to the home of a targeted individual, Insider reported.

“This caller, according to the police, said that I shot everybody in the house,” Frags said. “This person’s intent was to get me shot and killed.”

Frags, 38, told Insider that he was in the middle of a livestream when his blind dog, Ringo, started acting strangely.

“I looked outside and I just saw a police officer in his car and he pointed at his eyes and pointed at me,” Frags said. “And I was just like, all right, I’ve seen enough of this — I know what happens.”

He told Insider that he immediately knew he was a victim of swatting, having seen the same scenario play out with other livestreamers.

The next time that Frags looked out of his house, he saw 12 police officers with their weapons drawn.

He continued filming as he followed police commands and went outside with his hands up, Insider reported.

Frags said he pleaded with the officers not to hurt his dogs as he was taken into custody and handcuffed.

Officers told the social media chef why they were there and what he had been accused of by the 911 caller, Insider reported.

Frags told the media outlet that he realized that the Horry County sheriff’s deputies and Myrtle Beach police had arrived expecting “a shootout.”

The livestream running in his kitchen continued filming as officers entered the home and made sure there were no injured victims inside of it.

Frags joked afterwards that he had invited the officers back into the house for tacos after they released him from custody, Insider reported.

Swatting has become a serious problem that has left more than one unsuspecting victim dead.

A 60-year-old grandfather in Tennessee suffered a massive coronary in April of 2020 after authorities responded to a swatting call at his home.

“His neighbor called and said, ‘there’s police everywhere and they think a man has killed a woman and he’s on your property. You need to take cover,’” the man’s son-in-law, Greg Hooge, told WKRN.

“He went out of the house with a gun because he heard someone was on his property and he sees all these cops around him,” the man’s daughter explained. “They ask if he’s Mark Herring and [said] ‘put your hands up.’ He tosses the gun away to show he’s not a threat then [puts his] hands up.”

That was when Mark Herring suffered a fatal heart attack from which he would not recover, WKRN reported.

A Wichita man was killed in 2017 after someone called 911 and reported a hostage situation at his home, KWCH reported.

In the 911 recording of the call, the male caller said he shot his father in the head, and that he was no longer breathing.

He told the dispatcher he was armed with a black handgun, and that he was pointing the weapon at his mother and his little brother to keep them in the closet.

“I’m definitely not gonna put it away,” the caller told the dispatcher when she asked to put the gun down.

He then told the dispatcher that he already poured gasoline “all over” the house, and that he “might just set it on fire.”

“In a little bit, I might,” the man said.

The caller disconnected with 911 personnel on at least two occasions.

Officers arrived at the home of 28-year-old Andrew Finch just two minutes after they received the first call, KABC reported.

When Finch came out of his home to face responding officers, police thought he was reaching for a weapon in his waistband and fatally shot him.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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