Two young men, one from the UK and one from the US have been charged with SWATting Tyran Dobbs who was shot in the head and chest with rubber bullets by attending police.
According to the Independent, a 21-year-old in the UK allegedly called a terrorism hotline in the US state of Maryland posing as the victim. He claimed to be armed with a gun and bags of explosives and threated to kill hostages unless he got $15,000 (£12,000).
When the police raided Dobbs’ home, they shot the 20-year-old between the eyes and in the chest with rubber bullets. The impact of the less than lethal ammo broke bones in his face, fractured a rib and bruised his lungs.
The SWATting took place after the alleged caller had spoken with an American gamer who requested his help in SWATting Dobbs. Both parties are being charged with the same offence.
Dobbs himself was left with questions around the use of force by the police that entered his property, telling ABC7
How did y’all not trace this call back? How did y’all not figure out where it came from? I want justice. I want them to pay for my medical damages and I want whoever shot me in my face to have to do some time.
The full police statement on the incident can be found here.