Kansas police kill unarmed man after false emergency call

Andrew Finch

Facebook WichitaPoliceScreenshot of the video footage showing the death of Andrew Finch at his home in Wichita Kansas

When the police surrounded a house in Wichita, Kansas, late Thursday, they expected to find a gunman who told a 911 dispatcher that he was holding his mother and brother at gunpoint after shooting his father in the head.

Tyler Barriss, of South Los Angeles, appeared before a judge in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday, five days after being arrested on a fugitive-from-justice warrant for allegedly making the so-called "swatting" call.

Tyler Raj Barriss is suspected of falsely reporting a crime to police which led to the fatal shooting of an innocent man. Among the lines of inquiry investigators are pursuing is whether the 911 call was connected to an online-gaming dispute, police said.

Barriss was sentenced to 32 months in jail in 2016 for making false bomb reports involving two Los Angeles-area schools and a television station.

The individual who allegedly made a fake emergency call to Kansas police last week that summoned them to shoot and kill an unarmed local man has claimed credit for raising dozens of these unsafe false alarms - calling in bogus hostage situations and bomb threats at roughly 100 schools and at least 10 residences.

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NBC News said one of the police officers who responded to Finch's home fired after Finch moved his hand toward the area of his waistband. He was actually unarmed.

The warrant, filed by Los Angeles County prosecutors, says Barriss was charged in Kansas on December 29 with the felony of making a false alarm.

Her lawyer, Andrew Stroth, told CNN this week that the officer who shot Andrew Finch should be held liable, as should the city and police department "because of their policies and practices".

In her letter, Finch demanded to know why the identity of the police officer who killed her son had not been made public and where police were keeping her son's body.

The caller repeatedly gave authorities his alleged home address, leading Wichita police officers to the house. And what is Wichita police protocol for swatting calls?

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"A male [Finch] came to the front door", Deputy Police Chief Troy Livingston said during a press briefing on Friday.

Andrew Winningham, eSports coordinator at Butler Community College, said gamers are debating whether police were justified in shooting Finch.

The Wichita Kanas Police Department released video from the entire incident. No one else was injured during the incident, police said. They were then transported downtown and interviewed by Wichita police officers. "The irresponsible actions of a prankster put people and lives at risk".

The officer, a seven-year veteran of the department, was on paid leave pending an investigation.

In one private online conversation, SWAuTistic can be seen bragging about his escapades, claiming to have called in fake emergencies at approximately 100 schools and 10 homes.

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