Wichita Police would neither confirm nor deny the "swatting" prank story. An incident that tragically resulted in a Kansas man's death. 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. "The incident is a nightmare for everyone involved".
The FBI estimates that roughly 400 cases of swatting occur annually, with some using caller ID spoofing to disguise their number. Sometimes they will call local non-emergency lines instead of trying to prank 9-1-1. But at some point, authorities said he moved toward his waistband and officers fired a single shot in fear Finch may have reached for a gun.
Wichita police responded to a 911 call (see video below) Thursday indicating that an armed man was holding his family hostage. Unfortunately, the "information [they] were working off of" may have been based on a prank gone wrong. A male came to the front door.
"I DIDNT GET ANYONE KILLED BECAUSE I DIDNT DISCHARGE A WEAPON AND BEING A SWAT MEMBER ISNT MY PROFESSION", said one gamer, who others said made the swatting call.
Officers subsequently surrounded the home at the address the caller provided and prepared for a hostage situation.
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The deceased man, who was unarmed, has been identified as 28-year-old Andrew Finch. And it isn't known what cause the officer to shoot him on sight.
Police say the man shot by an officer was the only person injured at the home. What's more, a cousin reportedly told the paper he "didn't play video games".
"We don't know, but obviously detectives will look into that angle", Livingston said.
"This call was little peculiar for us".
'[The call] went to a substation first, then it was relayed to dispatch, then dispatch gave it to us. "We have a lot of information to go through".
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More than a dozen people involved in the online gaming community have said that an argument between two Call of Duty players caused one to initiate the "swat". One gamer has this to say. His account was suspended overnight.
Other gamers have called for "swatting" to be stopped. This resulted in the police arriving at a nearby home where an innocent man was apparently enjoying a quiet night sans any actual hostages.
Rep. Katherine Clark, a Massachusetts Democrat, introduced an anti-swatting bill in 2015 - then was herself the victim of swatting. In this case, an innocent man was killed. Police were spotted in the front yards of two different houses sitting across from each other at the corner of Seneca and McCormick. He said no one has been arrested in connection with the hoax.
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