Swatting suspect arrested in Los Angeles

31 December, 2017, 05:03 | Author: Diane Mills
  • Police Say Hoax 911 Call Led to Fatal Shooting of Unarmed Kansas Man; Suspect in Custody

A man is dead after what appears to have been a fake call for help.

The police and FBI are investigating whether an argument between two players of the online game Call of Duty may have lead to the death of an unarmed man in Kansas on Thursday. Online gamers have used Twitter to spread word of the prank, which resulted in the man being shot to death on Thursday night.

Swatting, for those who don't know, is a "prank" where someone calls the police department claiming a serious crime is going on at someone else's house. "The incident was a nightmare for everyone involved, including the family and our police department". Wichita police arrived and called the residents out of the house, when Finch came to the front porch and put his hands up then lowered his hands. And it appears that is exactly what happened in Kansas earlier this week.

While this is absolutely an illustration of the worst of the worst in toxic online behavior, Andrew Finch's death isn't simply an issue of SWATting and the callousness of some online gamers. The FBI estimates that roughly 400 cases of swatting occur annually. He said he was holding his mother and a sibling at gunpoint.

"That was the information we were working off of".

A man walked out the front door.

Officer Paul Cruz, a spokesman for the Wichita police, said the two city police departments are working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation on the case, but provided no further details including on possible charges or extradition.

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Family members told the Wichita Eagle newspaper that Andrew Finch, a father of two, was the man killed. No one should die because a stranger lost a $1.50 video game wager. However, Livingston did say the "call was little peculiar for us". "We have a lot of information to go through".

Professional Call of Duty players on Twitter have attempted to explain the situation themselves (via CharlieINTEL).

This tweet came from the gamer many claim is responsible for the swatting prank.

His account has since been suspended. And the second player apparently sent that address to a third party known for swatting. The intended victim, who was not swatted, said this. 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.

The deputy police chief refused to give out the address where the deadly shooting took place, only offering the block number of the home. He said no one has been arrested in connection with the hoax. He had been with the police department for seven years.

In addition to the 911 call, police also released a brief video of body camera footage from another officer at the scene. Kansas.com was the first to break this story.

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