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JOHNSON COUNTY, KS (KCTV) -- Police around the metro are investigating two swatting crimes within the last two weeks.

The latest was in Johnson County, as police surrounded a home after someone made a false police report that a gunman was inside.

A Johnson County father says his child was playing the popular online game Arma 3 --- and later, police swarmed his house.

That father wanted to remain anonymous but told KCTV5, "there are bad people in our world that try to entice kids into giving out info.”

It was a fake or spoofed 911 call and a swat team responded to his home.

Someone said an armed person was inside and others were being held hostage.

IT expert Burton Kelso says geo-locating someone is as close as couple clicks away.

“You always need to be aware of what games your kids are playing online," Kelso said.

Kelso says competitive online gaming has created an environment of sore losers - and some seek revenge.

“You need to sit down with them [kids] talk with them and make sure they are not sharing any personal information such as name, their physical address, or even Internet provider," Kelso said. “It’s horrifying scenario.”

Kansas Rep. Bill Sutton wrote an op-ed in a local newspaper. Swatting is a topic he’s taking with him back to Topeka to start a conversation among legislatures.

“We need to look at way to either detect spoofing by our law enforcement or prohibit spoofing in the private sector," he said.

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