Police and the FBI are investigating whether an argument over an online game prompted a hoax call that led to a house where an officer shot and killed a Wichita man who apparently wasn't involved in the dispute. "Barris served time after being charged by state authorities in Los Angeles for making threats and was released earlier this year". "The irresponsible actions of a prankster put people and lives at risk".
"We believe this incident is a case of 'swatting, ' which is the act of deceiving emergency services into sending a police response to another person's address", Livingston said. The Wichita Eagle reports that the police department is investigating the issue, which occurred late Thursday night. "The incident is a nightmare for everyone involved, including the family and our police department", Livingston said.
Several officers arrived and surrounded the home, braced for a hostage situation.
The incident was reportedly the result of a $1.50 wagered Call Of Duty online match, with two players on the same team apparently blaming each other for their loss, but what makes this even more tragic is that Finch had no involvement in the match or the argument that ensued. He had claimed credit not just for Wichita - but for false bomb hoaxes at the Federal Communications Commission, a convention center in Dallas and a high school in Panama City, Florida. A man was fatally shot by a police officer in what is believed to be a gaming prank called "swatting".
Additionally, the caller's father had been shot in the head, the man claimed.
Finch later died at the hospital.
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The FBI estimated that 400 such cases of "swatting" occur annually with numerous prank callers using some sort of caller identification spoofing software to disguise their phone numbers.
Kerns said the family is considering a civil lawsuit, but they have to start the healing process first. "[The officer] took me, my roommate and my granddaughter, who witnessed the shooting and had to step over her dying uncle's body".
He threatened to set the house on fire, and then asked the operator: "Do you have my address correct?"
Lisa Finch told reporters that she and her family were handcuffed, taken outside and placed into separate police cruisers.
The officer who fired the shot - a seven-year veteran of the police department - will be placed on paid administrative leave, which is department policy, police said. 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 caller said he had shot his girlfriend and would also shoot his parents if officers approached the home. Andrew Fitch opened the door, saw police cars all over the place, and heard a police officer with a drawn weapon begin to shout at him: "Walk this way!"
Swatting usually makes the news when police are tricked into raiding the home of celebrity - like Justin Bieber in 2012 or Lil Wayne in 2015.