Fortnite world champ Kyle Giersdorf 'swatted' at Pennsylvania home

POTTSGROVE, Pa -- The Pennsylvania teen who won $3 million as the first Fortnite World Cup solo champion had armed police show up at his house Saturday.

Kyle Giersdorf was livestreaming from his home when he was "swatted," a prank that aims to prompt police and SWAT teams to respond to fake emergencies.

Upper Pottsgrove Police Cpl. Albert Werner told USA Today a caller told police "he was Kyle and said he had shot his father multiple times." Police called the Pottsgrove home before entering and the teen's father said everything was fine.

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Werner said the call came from outside the country.

The 16-year-old Giersdorf told his fellow gamers it was scary.

A phony 911 call led to the death of a Kansas man two years ago. The caller was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
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