LAPD: Arrest made in connection with swatting case that killed Wichita man

Elias Hubbard
January 2, 2018

The call apparently continued for a full 20 minutes, even as police dispatch was looped in and officers headed to the scene. The disposition of that case is unknown, but Barriss faced a possible maximum sentence of four years and four months. He claimed there had been a hostage situation at a specific address, and when officers arrived, one of them opened fire on one of the residents of the home who opened the door, 28-year-old Andrew Finch.

Police have not disclosed the name of the man who was killed Thursday evening, but relatives identified him as Andrew Finch, 28.

He said he was holding his mother and younger brother at gunpoint.

The Wichita Police Department released audio of the phone call between the individual and the 911 dispatcher.

Swatting is reporting a fake crime to police with the intent of getting police SWAT teams to respond to the target home. An officer, fearing the man was reaching for a gun, fired a single shot.

But Livingston said the man moved a hand toward the area of his waistband - a common place where guns are concealed. Livingston said Finch was unarmed.

No one else was injured during the incident, police said. Lisa Finch said that her son was a father of two young children, according to The Wichita Eagle.

Ms Finch said the family was forced outside barefoot in freezing cold and handcuffed after the shooting. "[The officer] took me, my roommate and my granddaughter, who witnessed the shooting and had to step over her dying uncle's body".

"I heard my son scream, I got up and then I heard a shot", Lisa Finch said in the interview with reporters.

"Last evening's officer-involved shooting is a tragic and senseless act", Livingston said at the press conference Friday. "The incident is a nightmare for everyone involved".

The Wichita police briefer repeatedly put the full blame for what happened on SWAuTistic, saying that "the irresponsible actions of a prankster put people and lives at risk" and that "due to the actions of a prankster, we have an innocent victim".

Some false calls to police can be a felony punishable by up to 13 months in prison for a first-time offender under Kansas law.

KSN spoke with Tahnee Lightfoot, the Public Information Officer for the Glendale Police Department in California, who confirmed the Glendale Police Department conducted an investigation relating to two separate bomb threat incidents at ABC Studios in Glendale in 2015. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family as well as with the officer".

The Wichita Police argue that you have to understand the officers' state of mind here.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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