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.

More news: PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds hits a whopping 3 million concurrent players on Steam

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.


  • Congress MLA Asha Kumari slaps woman police constable, she slaps her back

    Congress MLA Asha Kumari slaps woman police constable, she slaps her back

    Earlier, a video went viral in which Asha Kumari slapped a woman cop who reverted to her with another slap. However, she said the constable pushed her and abused her.
    The Drama Between Selena Gomez & Her Mom Started a LONG Time Ago

    The Drama Between Selena Gomez & Her Mom Started a LONG Time Ago

    They were both rumoured to be seeing other people, but Gomez confirmed in January this year that she was dating The Weeknd. Celebrities are known to jet off to warmer climates for New Years Eve, and for Selena Gomez , it's to Mexico.
    Snapchat are developing a new feature that everyone will want to use

    Snapchat are developing a new feature that everyone will want to use

    Snapchat , which was not immediately available for comment, has struggled to grow beyond its core base of young users. Snapchat users who snap and save can take a stroll down memory lane with the app's new feature, "A Look Back at 2017".
  • Instagram rolling out 'recommended' feature for all

    Instagram rolling out 'recommended' feature for all

    Instagram explained that the " recommended for you " section is now being rolled out to all iOS and Android users. There's no doubt that there will be a number of users who will not like the " recommended posts " feature.

    Meghan Markle's half-sister lashes out

    Meghan Markle's half-sister is hitting back at comments Prince Harry made about her family during a radio interview this week. Our dad is wonderful and completely self sacrificing. "She has a large family".
    More Pregnant Mothers in California Are Using Pot

    More Pregnant Mothers in California Are Using Pot

    The women were treated at Kaiser Permanente facilities that had screening for marijuana use as part of standard prenatal care. For pregnant teens under 18, marijuana use climbed from 12.5 percent to 21.8 percent.
  • Penn State jumps out to big lead, hangs on to beat Washington

    Penn State jumps out to big lead, hangs on to beat Washington

    On Saturday, its second-best team - Washington - wasn't faring much better in the Fiesta Bowl. And Hamilton, PSU's fifth-year wideout, caught five passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns.

    At least 9 dead in church shooting near Cairo, Egypt

    Pope Tawadros II says that since 2013 there have been 37 sectarian attacks on Christians in Egypt, almost one incident per month. On Palm Sunday in April, terrorists staged an explosion in the main church of the city of Tanta, where about 30 people died.
    Uber valued at $48bn after consortium secures shares deal

    Uber valued at $48bn after consortium secures shares deal

    Travis Kalanick resigned in June as Uber's chief executive but stayed on the company's board of directors. Uber said in September it was shutting down the auto-leasing business, which had run up huge losses.
  • Daughter of police victim declared brain dead

    Daughter of police victim declared brain dead

    Eric Garner was killed by a New York City police officer accused of using an unjustified and unlawful chokehold. The chokehold Eric was put in by officer Daniel Pantaleo lasted anywhere from 15 to 19 seconds.
    Chilly weather could be contributing to the state's 'widespread' flu epidemic

    Chilly weather could be contributing to the state's 'widespread' flu epidemic

    "Who doesn't want to kiss the baby?" Most of the reported flu cases were in Kingman, especially during the holidays. This flu season, the CDC is only recommending the injectable flu vaccine , rather than the nasal spray.
    The Library of Congress Will No Longer Archive Every Tweet

    The Library of Congress Will No Longer Archive Every Tweet

    Evolving and expanding social media has spurred the Library of Congress to limit its archiving of tweets. It also notes that only text tweets are collected - not images, videos or linked content.


Islamic State claims responsibility for deadly attacks in Kabul
Taliban forces fighting US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces in Afghanistan have denied any involvement in the attack. Ten people were also killed in a suicide bomb attack near the compound of Afghanistan's intelligence agency in Kabul on Monday.

Urgent need for blood donations in Charlottetown over holiday season
It takes about two days for blood to be tested and prepared to send to patients in need. Typically the holidays are a slower time for blood donations.

Iranians protest against high prices in Mashhad
A message calling for "No to high prices" protests was circulated recently on Telegram, he wrote in another tweet. Openly political protests are rare in Iran, where security services are omnipresent.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers sticking with Dirk Koetter in 2018
The Panthers defense had trouble containing the Bucs offense, even though the unit hasn't been known as overly powerful this year. Entering this week's season finale against the Saints, Koetter and the Bucs are 4-11 while occupying the bottom of the NFC South.

Powerball, Mega Millions jackpots surpass $300 million
Wednesday's Powerball Jackpot was the 17th largest in the lottery's history, with the largest being $1.586 billion. A combined estimated $690-million is up for grabs with this weekend's Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots.

Apple CEO gets salary raise after higher profits through iPhone sales
The market capitalization for the iPhone maker has been hovering around $900 billion and is up almost 50 percent for the year. The election is set to occur on Apple's next shareholders meeting February 13 at the Steve Jobs Theater in Apple Park.

Israeli minister decides to name Western Wall train station after Trump
And now, the Israeli government is reporting at least 10 other countries are preparing to make the same decision. In nothern Israel, Kiryat Yam Mayor David Even Tzur plans on naming the city's new park after Trump .

Patrick Mahomes to start at QB for Chiefs vs. Broncos
That gives Kansas City fans the chance to get their first sneak peek at Smith's heir apparent against the Broncos . A two-year started while at Texas Tech, he declared for the National Football League after his true junior season.

Huawei Mate 10 to launch on AT&T in February
Now speculation over which carrier, or carriers, will be working with Huawei to bring the Mate 10 to the US are in full swing. Meanwhile, Huawei's product roadmap for the year 2018 has been leaked in images, which shows bunch new devices.

Lewis County offers early property tax payments to residents
John Labrosse, the mayor of Hackensack, said the city is letting residents prepay the first two quarters of their 2018 taxes . But there's a new post-Xmas frenzy this year, focused not on malls or sports palaces, but on local tax offices.