Russell Brand — SWATTED

Exclusive 0408_russell_brand_tmz_articlwThe swatting epidemic continues … this time, the victim is Russell Brand, our sources has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us … cops raced to Brand”s L.A. home after receiving a call from someone reporting two men with guns approaching the home.

We”re told the caller told police one of the men was black, one white — and they were each sporting body armor.

When cops arrived to the scene, no one was there — Russell had left the home 30 minutes prior to the call.

After a thorough inspection of the property, cops eventually determined the whole thing was a prank — another “swatting” incident … just like Bieber, Ashton Kutcher, Diddy, the Kardashians, etc.