In this April 22, 2014, file phot, Nassau County police officers enter a home in Long Beach, N.Y., in search of an armed killer, based on a phone call that turned out to be a hoax. Authorities say the dangerous and costly prank known as “swatting", is becoming increasingly popular among people who play combat games over live video feeds while thousands of people watch. Authorities estimated they spent $100,000 to send more than 60 officers to the Long Beach, Long Island swatting hoax.  (AP Photo/Newsday, Jim Staubitser, File)

DENVER (AP) — The calls to 911 raised an instant alarm: One caller said he shot his co-workers at a Colorado video game company and had hostages. Another in Florida said her father was drunk, wielding a machine gun and threatening their family.

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