A family playing “Call of Duty” in DeLand ended up with police at their home after neighbors thought a real battle was taking place inside
Jamie McKee said she, her husband and their daughter were all playing the action-packed war game Thursday night.
“I was getting mad at them for shooting me,” McKee said. “Everytime I stood up (in the game), they’d be there shooting me, so you’re yelling, ‘Don’t kill me! No, let me get up, let me get a gun!'”
The windows of their DeLand home were open.
A woman and her sister, neighbors to the home, thought a violent domestic disturbance was playing out inside and called 911.
“She heard them screaming something like a woman saying please don’t kill me. I heard a man say why did you take my gun,” a caller told 911 operators.
Because of a possible dangerous, even deadly situation, DeLand police sent a half-dozen patrol cars to the home.
McKee, who by then had paused the game, had no idea what was going on.
“They were at my neighbor’s house with guns drawn, you know,” McKee said. “They were holding (them) against their chest and listening to houses.”
When the McKees asked officers about it, police told the family to lock their doors and stay inside.
Officers finally realized the problem, if there was one, was at the McKees’ home.
The family explained they were playing a game.
“I told them come on in, just check it out. I didn’t want them to feel unsafe, so (I) had them check out the house. They took our IDs,” McKee said.
McKee appreciates that police took a possible threat seriously and said officers were good-natured about the situation when they realized it was all a part of a video game.
McKee said she’s learned a valuable lesson.
“Now we shut the windows and try to quiet my voice as best I can,” McKee said.
The McKee family still doesn’t know who sounded the alarm, but they apologize to all their neighbors.