Justin Bieber become latest victim of 'swatting'
UNDATED (NBC) -- It can be a terrifying scene. The SWAT team and helicopters rushing to the house of a celebrity, thinking they're in danger.
The latest victim of so-called swatting: Justin Bieber.
Police deputies rushed to the star's California home Wednesday after an emergency message claimed someone inside had a weapon.
The message was delivered via a TTY device.
It's a device typically used by the deaf to type text over the telephone.
The 18-year-old pop star wasn't home at the time and police soon determined the call was a hoax.
Last week, armed police were sent to Ashton Kutcher's home after a woman contacted the emergency services to report she was hiding in a closet because a man with a gun had broken into the property.
Kutcher was not at home at the time and later tweeted that he was safe and sound but the incident reportedly cost taxpayers around $10,000.
Back in August, police were called to Miley Cyrus' home after a caller reported several people were being held hostage after a shooting.
The call was also quickly deemed a hoax but drew a significant police response.
The swatting prank is another incident in a difficult week for Justin Bieber.
On Wednesday the pop star tweeted to his nearly 29-million followers that he and his tour manager were victims of theft after personal footage and a camera were taken during a show in Tacoma, Washington on Tuesday.