Call of Duty Statue Brings Out the Swat Team
The LAPD and swat team got a little surprise last week after receiving a call that a gunman was standing in the window of a local office building. As they should, the LAPD reacted and swarmed the building looking for the gunman. Turns out the whole thing was one big misunderstanding, well that or the person who saw the gunman has never played Call of Duty.
The office that was holding the gunman belonged to independent game studio Robotoki and one of their programmers decided to play a little prank that backfired. Studio founder Robert Bowling explained the whole thing,
"Our studio is equipped with a 'panic' alarm in case of an armed threat, which was installed yesterday. One of our designers, who shall not be shamed, pressed it on his way out because apparently when boys find buttons that they are unsure of, their first instinct is to push it."
You can figure out what happened from there. LAPD arrived and spotted the gunman in the window which was actually just a life size statue of the Call of Duty character Simon "Ghost" Riley. At around 7pm the officers stormed the building,
"I was in my office when they arrived and saw them coming up our stairs, guns drawn. They yelled for me to put my hands up and walk towards them slowly, then took me into custody and out of the studio until they cleared the rest of the rooms and floors."
Bowling said that after about 15 minutes the officers came back out of the room, all laughing hysterically. They realized the whole thing was a big misunderstanding and after a brief chat with Bowling they ended the night with a video game session. Bowling also said that their was no ill will on either side and he won't be fined for the whole ordeal. I wonder if the cops prefer Xbox or PS3.
Polygon has the whole story