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Angry gamer mistaken for domestic abuser

- May 15th, 2012

We’ve all been there. Alone in a dark room, wrapped up in a game, this close to rage-quitting and shouting the kind of obscenities that would make our mothers cringe. It’s not pretty.

Generally, the worst penance you’ll face for these sorts of shenanigans is a WTF expression from your cat and perhaps a thorough scolding from your neighbours/family/roommates.

But one rambunctious young man in Victoria, B.C., found himself surrounded by cops, who, unbeknownst to him, broke down his metal door in an attempt to valiantly save a woman’s life from a vile abuser.

From the Victoria Police Department’s Operations Blog:

Concerned neighbours called in reporting that a man inside a nearby residence was yelling at a woman: “B#%@TCH…I’m going to kill you…!! The tone of voice was reported as angry and threatening. When the officers arrived they could in fact hear a man inside yelling the “B” word repeatedly from an upper suite within the residence.

The officers pounded on the door for several minutes trying to gain access without success or response from anyone inside. While standing outside one of the officers noted that the light in the suite went out which raised more concern as we had been there recently for similar issues.

With consent of the supervisor, officers tried to break into the suite fearing that a life was in danger. The officers made several attempts to break the door down, waking most of the neighbourhood in the process. But the sturdy metal construction of the door and frame proved to be too much of a challenge. Mechanical door spreaders were then brought to the scene and applied to the door frame which when popped open eventually allowed the officers entry inside.

Once inside the apartment, the officers announced their presence. There was no response. So they looked around until they found a room from which a dim light was emanating.

And there he was, in all his glory.

Looking through the half-opened door they observed no vicious assault but a young male seated in front of a computer playing a video game, head phones firmly in place.

The officers moved right into the room next to the young man who continued and one officer had to yell at him at point-blank range before he finally clued in and moved out of his computer role play into a real life one, with three cops suddenly standing in his bedroom.

After ensuring the grumpy gamer was, in fact, the only person in the apartment, the friendly neighbourhood police officers helped fix the door and went on their way.

Alas, there’s no record of what game he was playing. But I like to imagine it was Duck Hunt and he was trying to get the dog.

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2 comments

  1. Duuuuude | May 18, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Good for him. I’ve played against people who sounded like they were losing their minds so this is a good wake up call for some people relax a little more while playing a GAME.

  2. COD gamer | May 24, 2012 at 9:02 am

    I got investigated for being a pedophile while playing COD because I used gratuitous language while playing. I was investigated by law enforcement from the US and they contacted police here. I never solicited or attempted to do anything other than play a video game. They however repeatedly engaged in counselling to commit various offences and entrapment. The term over zealous comes to mind.

    They pose online as members of clans, conduct bogus behavioral analysis interviews while you are playing and consuming alcohol at the end of a hard working day when you are just trying to relax and let loose alittle. I thought it was okay to goof off and have fun in the safe context of online gaming. Turns out I was wrong.

    I lost my job as a result of the false allegations and my coworkers tried to kill me on a construction worksite when they found out I was being investigated. So much for having a few beers and letting loose with a little trash talk! I never broke any law – nor would I ever. I guess like most law enforcement they have a quota system. Too bad it destroyed me and my family. They imagined everything – I never did anything wrong. Thanks FBI! Good job.

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