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Magic Johnson

SWATTED

But Cops Smelled B.S.

5/3/2013 5:34 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Magic Johnson has just been swatted ... but this one is RADICALLY different from all the others ... because the LAPD is clearly hip to the prank now ... TMZ has learned.

Someone placed the electronic 911 call within the last hour ... claiming multiple shots were fired at Magic's L.A. home.  We're also told the caller claimed the shooters were holding someone hostage.

As for the LAPD's response ... it was anemic compared to prior 911 incidents.  We're told only a few patrol cars responded.  There were no choppers, no SWAT team, no guns-drawn maneuver.

Apparently the LAPD has now figured out the markers that distinguish swatting from the real deal.

Cops on scene quickly confirmed it was a prank.

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16.

Babydoll0630    

So many racists need to take their ratchet butts back to mediatakeout. Ugh. They cry racism on everyone, yet their sites are the hate filled gossip. Stop. Ugh.

434 days ago
17.

Truth    

OH GREAT... THANKS TMZ AKA HARVEY. NOW THE SWATTERS WILL CHANGE THE M.O. AND MAKE IT SOUND REAL NEXT TIME LIKE USING REAL NAMES IN THE CALLS AND DIAGRAMMING THE HOUSES. #TRUTH!!

434 days ago
18.

Loves you    

Well that was smart. Leave it to the news to let out info like this. Now they will change the way they do the prank.

434 days ago
19.

Mrugowsky    

Tired of hearing about this swatting nonsense. The teenage boys behind this sh!t need to find a new hobby.

434 days ago
20.

Rocky    

They don't care when it happens to black celebs. If this happens again tomorrow to a white celeb I bet they will have the whole police force out there

434 days ago
21.

AreUCrazy    

If everyone will stop posting stories about this then they will stop pranking the LAPD
It's only fun to the prankers because they get to see all the reactions online.

434 days ago
22.

Toph723    

Confused. If the other pranks are so common, yet this one isn't, then why do they swat the other locations if they know it's a prank? So...they don't take this one as seriously because it's not the same pattern? That's ludicrous.

434 days ago
23.

Infiniti    

as much as i hate all these swats, it was the wrong move to not respond normally. It may be costly, but who will the finger be pointed towards when there is a real instance and lives are lost?

434 days ago
24.

SoWhat    

Who says LA cops aren't smart? Only takes them a couple dozen or so times of the same thing happening before they finally say hey maybe we don't have to send everyone and their mothers out to respond to these damn things and all we need to do is send the normal 2-3 squad cars out to check it out first.

434 days ago
25.

Six Million Dollar Man    

I don't get the comments on here.

434 days ago
26.

NOT ELMO    

he is planning to live forever with HIV it seems...

433 days ago
27.

Cold Azz Honkey    

Does anyone know how they continue to make phone calls to 911 and the police cant figure out who is calling? I dont understand. Please help me here.

433 days ago
28.

ticallion    

TMZ, stop reporting these pranks and they'll stop. Are you really this dense?

433 days ago
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