"Swatting" suspect arrested in Los Angeles

Connected to officer involved shooting in Wichita

December 30, 2017 - 5:53 am

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -  Police in Wichita, Kansas, say a prankster who lured police to a home in a "swatting" incident is responsible for a fatal officer-involved shooting.

A 28-year-old man was fatally shot by an officer Thursday. Relatives have identified him as Andrew Finch.

Deputy Police Chief Troy Livingston said at a news conference Friday that a prankster called 911 claiming to be an occupant of the home, saying he had shot his father and was holding his mother and a sibling hostage.

When police showed up, Finch went to the front door. Livingston says that when Finch reached toward his waistband, an officer feared he had a gun and shot him. Livingston says Finch was unarmed and no one in the house was hurt. The practice of making a false report to get a SWAT team to a location is known as "swatting." It is most common among online gamers, but relatives say Finch was not a gamer.

Police in Los Angeles have arrested 25-year-old Tyler Barris in connection with the prank call. 

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