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By Pete Kotz in Douchebags, assault, bizarre
Monday, February 15, 2010 at 11:37 am

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​James Swan is 27-year-old. He still lives with his mom, sleeping in a room with his younger siblings. He also likes to play World of Warcraft without mom telling him when it's time to quit. We're pretty sure you can guess where this is going...

He was drinking and playing the game around 10 p.m., getting a bit too loud in the process. Since mom was trying to sleep, as were the five young children in the home, she asked him to quiet down.

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Never interrupt World of Warcraft: James Swan rammed his head through a wall and choked his mom until she blacked out
​Swan refused this small courtesy. So mom asked him again.

But as Swan saw it, it's impolite to interrupt someone during a riveting session of World of Warcraft. So he grabbed mom by the hair and threw her on the bed. When his little brother tried to intervene, he did the same to him.

Mom bolted to the kitchen to call 911. Swan took a moment from the game to engage in hot pursuit, ripping the phone from the wall. Then, just to put a theatrical point on his displeasure, he smashed his own head through the kitchen wall.

He then threw his mother on the floor and began choking her, saying he was going to kill her. Grandpa heard the commotion and arrived from his room. Mom was blacking out, but grandpa couldn't get him to stop. Swan also announced that he planned to kill grandpa too.

So grandpa went to his room and got a gun. He and Swan wrestled over the revolver, sending a bullet glancing off Swan's head and through the living room window.

Swan, apparently only wounded by the shot, was taken to a hospital, where he refused treatment and was arrested.

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