A "prankster" called 911 on Thursday and made a false report of a shooting and kidnapping, leading to the officer-involved fatal shooting of a 28-year-old Wichita father of two, Wichita Deputy Police Chief Troy Livingston said during a news conference Friday.
An FBI supervisor in Kansas City, Missouri, which covers all of Kansas, said the agency joined in the investigation at the request of local police. There was no hostage situation, but police say they shot and killed a man who answered the door and reached for his waistband several times.
An investigation found that Finch was the victim of "swatting", a unsafe prank where someone makes a false report that sends police to an address expecting an armed threat. Due to the action of a prankster, we have an innocent victim. Said one gamer via email. And now that person was holding mother, brother and sister hostage.
Officers went to the house and prepared for a hostage situation.
25-year-old Tyler Barriss has been arrested by the Los Angeles police, NBC News reports, and is believed to be the one responsible for calling Wichita and sending law enforcement to the home of the victim, 28-year-old Andrew Finch. He was taken to the hospital, where he died.
Livingston said dispatchers were told a man was shot in the head and dead inside the home as well.
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The police officer, a seven year veteran, was placed on administrative leave.
Finch was not involved in the game.
"What gives the cops the right to open fire?" she asked.
Mr Finch's mother Lisa Finch told reporters "that cop murdered my son over a false report in the first place". She said her granddaughter was forced to step over her dying uncle and that no guns were found in the home.
Two Call of Duty players got into a dispute over a $1.50 wager on UMG's wager platform online. "Our hearts go out to his loved ones". Police released the audio from the 911 call allegedly made by Barriss, you can hear it below. It was hard to see clearly what happened. The FBI estimates that roughly 400 cases of swatting occur annually.
Swatting is an internet prank which results in the local police department being called to the scene of a crime that never actually happened. One game player threatened to "swat" the other, and the second provided a false address - that of Finch.