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Wichita, Kansas — This week a 28-year-old man was shot dead in his doorway by police after a SWAT team was sent to his house on a false report by a disgruntled gamer. While the full details are still unclear and police have not made any official announcements, it has been widely reported that this is likely the result of a “Swatting” prank that started over a video game.

“Swatting” is when an extreme false report is made about someone, usually involving murder or hostages, which causes a SWAT team to raid the individuals home, putting them in serious danger. It is estimated that over 400 swatting incidences occur in the US each year, and many of them stem from online feuds and video games.

However, while the victim, Andrew Finch, was not involved in the game himself, his address was given out during an argument in an online Call of Duty match between two other people.

Deputy Wichita Police Chief Troy Livingston told reporters on Thursday night that his department received a report that a person at that address was holding an entire family hostage after killing the father.

“It was a shooting call involving hostages. The original call, we were told someone had an argument with their mother and dad was accidentally shot, and now that person was holding mother, brother and sister hostage. We learned through that call that a father was deceased, and had been shot in the head. That was the information we were working off of,” Livingston said.

According to Kansas.com, officers arrived at the 1000 block of McCormick, where the Finch family lived, and “got into position” for a hostage situation.

“A male came to the front door, as he came to the front door, one of our officers discharged his weapon,” Livingston said. “This call was little peculiar for us. (The call) went to a substation first, then it was relayed to dispatch, then dispatch gave it to us. We have a lot of information to go through.”

Shouldn’t 911 be able to tell when a call is coming from nowhere near the crime scene? It is highly unlikely that the prank caller just happened to be in the same neighborhood as the victim. Even with a cell phone, what are the odds it was a local area code? It is likely that the caller took measures to mask their identity, but if that was the case police should have been able to know that up front as well.

It is not clear as to whether Finch’s address was specifically chosen as a target for the prank, or if it just happened to be a random address that someone gave out to avoid being the victim of a raid themselves, or if the caller just got the address wrong. Soon after the incident, a number of gamers saw a Twitter user make a post that said, “Someone tried to swat me and got an innocent man killed.”

The person who allegedly made the call in the first place responded by saying, “I DIDN’T GET ANYONE KILLED BECAUSE I DIDN’T DISCHARGE A WEAPON AND BEING A SWAT MEMBER ISNT MY PROFESSION.”

Andrew’s mother, Lisa Finch, told reporters that police murdered her son, and that he was unarmed and posed no threats to the police. She added that no guns were found in the house and that her son was simply opening the door to see why there flashing lights outside.

“We want Andy’s side of the story to be told,” Lisa said.

“I heard my son scream, I got up and then I heard a shot. What gives the cops the right to open fire? Why didn’t they give him the same warning they gave us? That cop murdered my son over a false report,” she said.

“He was very kind and caring. He was in gifted classes. He was very artistic. He would draw any picture … He would do anything for his family,” she added.

Police have not released the name of the offending officer but they did say that he will be placed on administrative leave.

A 25-year-old man believed to be behind the swatting incident that led to Finch’s death was arrested in Los Angeles late Friday night. He has been identified as Tyler Raj Barriss, who is known online as “SWAuTistic.”

The family wants both the officer and the caller to be held accountable. Overnight, police released body camera footage of the incident and accused the young man of “reaching for his waistband” as he opened the door. However, when a person is standing up straight with their hands at their sides, which it appears the victim was doing, hands naturally rest around the level of the waistline.

“Officers gave him several verbal commands to put his hands up and walk towards them. The male complied for a very short time and then put his hands back down to his waist. The officers continued to give him verbal commands to put his hands up, and he lowered them again. The male then turned towards the officers on the east side of the residence, lowered his hands to the waistband again, then suddenly pulled them back up towards those officers at the east. The officers on the north side of the street feared the male pulled a weapon from his waistband, retrieved a gun and was in the process of pointing it at the officers to the east. Fearing for those officers’ safety, the officer on the north side fired one round,” Livingston said in a second press conference.

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27 COMMENTS

  1. You get up and go to the door your pants are sagging down you are told to put up your hands and walk this way, you go to pull up your sagging pants without thinking and boom you are dead, Life and Death in Amerika Comrades.

  2. However, while the victim, Andrew Finch, was not involved in the game himself, his address was given out during an argument in an online Call of Duty match between two other people.

    It’s not exactly easy to just randomly make up an address that actually exists. (Try it on Google Maps if you don’t believe me.) I wonder how much (if any) trouble the other gamer should be in if he went out of his way to make sure he gave his opponent (who was threatening him) a real address.

    It is likely that the caller took measures to mask their identity, but if that was the case police should have been able to know that up front as well.

    Yeah, the software they use to do this is pretty crude and could be EASILY detected. They wouldn’t be able to immediately tell exactly who was calling, but the technology exists to detect that those programs are being used. Maybe this senseless killing will prod them into embracing that technology.

    • Depends, I don’t know a ton about “spoofing” software to mask cell phones and such but with voip you could get away with it initially. Nothing would “trigger” an algorithm somewhere to detect it, would literally require you to investigate and trace back to the sip/iax or whatever originator and then verify that they do own the rights to the DID or number. Point is you wouldn’t know until after the fact and you’ve investigated it. Phone communication digital or otherwise is a frustratingly antiquated technology, even modern voip ultimately is converted to the old PTSN tech to connect calls…

  3. Here’s something you missed – it appears they let him lie there untreated while they dragged everyone out of the house and searched it:

    “They can’t go in and treat somebody until the house is cleared and made safe,” he said. “An individual was shot at 6:47 and was at the hospital in about 17 minutes.”

    I checked Google Maps. There are SEVERAL hospitals within 8 minutes of that address and the story says they had “medical rescue personnel” standing by, so it seems like they very deliberately decided “fuck this guy we just shot.” Surely, they wouldn’t have left him lying on the ground, potentially wounded and still armed – they either just left him there without checking to see if he could still whip out a gun and shoot people, or they KNEW he was unarmed and bleeding out and abandoned him on the ground anyway because “fuck this guy.”

  4. A Local Swat Team DID that ??? Aren’t They Trained to assess, Identify and react???But I guess they old saying is true…Dead Victims cannot Testify…God Bless OUR nation and ITS regular folk… I do NOT see this getting any better…For them…

  5. One think that throws me off is that the guy on the phone say’s it is a one story house . But the house that is in the video of the shooting is a two story house . Now just that alone being a human being I wood be able to tell that I’m at the wrong home or the caller did not know what they where saying . Just a thought that wood go in my mind? You all can not tell me that you wood not think that to ?

  6. if there had been no swatting call, that cop woulda killed somebody else. the cop wanted a kill jolly. he needs a 20 years first degree murder prison sentence.

  7. That trigger happy thug just wanted a kill under his belt. He thought this guy just killed someone so who gives a fuck if he is unarmed, I’ll just blow him away. This POS thug needs life without parole for this murder. They need to take the low life swatter out and for .58 cents put a bullet through his fucking pea brain. Poor guy never stood a chance, go to door get murdered by a criminal cop. Bet one million fucking dollars this thug killer cop walks without a single charge ever. Got killed for $1.50 game wager and a moron cop.

  8. Police always say they have to take these bogus threats extremely seriously, however they never seem to have to take allegations of police misconduct seriously, if at all.

  9. Now, those who I have debated with on this forum know I have ZERO patience with police misconduct and I will not deny the cop was way too fast on the trigger. But why aren’t we discussing the piece of excrement who initiated this from the next Chicago known as LA? He needs the death penalty. He killed that guy as much as the cop. It needs to be public and put on every game out there with the message “You SWAT someone, they get hurt or killed and this will happen to you.”
    And we need to get rid of this phone spoofing software – too many robocallers and other sewer scum use it

  10. This killer moron cop, think that a guy just killed his Father and holding his Mom and Brother is going to just walk to the door unarmed and let cops kill him. The trigger happy killer cop has the IQ of his fucking shoe size. Is dispatch so stupid as to do a Google or records search as to who lived there or the color of the house and dumbass swatter said it was a one story house, cops can’t see it is a two story house. 50 cops outside all behind vehicles and if the guy had a pistol, what the fuck cop could he shoot with all of them hiding like little cowards they are. That fucking cop just wanted a kill! This shit has to stop of killing unarmed people. Cops are afraid of their own shadows.

  11. TIME TO START HUNTING DOWN THESE KILLER COPS BECAUSE IF WE THE PEOPLE DO NOT GIVE JUSTICE THERE WILL BE NONE!! WE THE PEOPLE NEED TO DO TO THEM WHAT THEY ARE DOING TO US!! KILLING US IN THE STREETS AND IN OUR OWN HOMES!! #HuntDownKillerCops #Hunt

    • Your advocating the MURDER of people who WANT to help strangers! Would you advocate the murder of doctors who misdiagnose a illness? Fire fighters who are late to a fire? Tax accountants that misinterpret the tax laws? Hell no! You identify the problem, try to come up with a solution and hope all is well. If not, you try again and again and again. No solution is infinite. Accountability, not violence is the solution. No it won’t be easy, but it is the right [ethical/moral] and yes hard way to rectify an injustice. As a ex-combat Medical Specialist, I know it ain’t easy (to forgive), but that’s what makes us who we are ADULTS. Violence begets violence. The KKK thought they could blow up little girls in a church. The KKK thought they could murder a [email protected] decorated veteran in front of his wife and children. The KKK thought they could murder and kill young unarmed men women and children, dump their bodies in garbage dumps, rivers, trash compactors and nobody would care.They we’re wrong, people cared and the laws we’re made to ensure their convictions and they we’re made accountable.

      • BEATING, RAPING AND KILLING WE THE PEOPLE IS IN NO WAY HELPING US!! I AM SURE MOST WILL AGREE AND IF THE SO CALLED “JUSTICE SYSTEM” WILL NOT GIVE WE THE PEOPLE JUSTICE IN ANY WAY THEN WE THE PEOPLE NEED TO TAKE THINGS INTO OUR OWN HANDS AND GIVE JUSTICE TO ALL THOSE THAT HAVE BEEN BEATEN, RAPED OR KILLED BY CRIMINAL COPS!! SORRY THAT THERE ARE MANY THINKING LIKE THIS NOW BUT WHEN DAY AFTER DAY AFTER DAY AFTER DAY WE THE PEOPLE SEE CRIMINAL ACTS DONE TO US BY CRIMINAL COPS AND NOTHING IS DONE IT IS TIME THAT STOPS!! WE ARE ALL UNDER THE SAME LAWS BUT THEY DO NOT HAVE TO GO BY THEM!?!? WE THE PEOPLE THINK NOT!! #Hunt

    • First crowd funded funeral. Prosecution of prankster(s). Prosecution of Leos. Sue all involved. Change tactics. Morn forever.

  12. Dispatch: “Is this a one-story or two-story?” Swatter: “One-story.” Clearly, it’s a two-story house that nobody cared to pay attention to. You’d think this kind of information would be carefully checked out, but most of these LEO’s just want to shoot someone in the face like Philip “Mitch” Brailsford. The cops have full body gear, more numbers than one lonely dude, and they have more firepower… and yet they’re the ones who pull the trigger first. Don’t they understand most people lack the training necessary to hit someone 30 yards away? What happened to rules of engagement? I guess the American law enforcement are above the military now. If this had happened with a military member say in Iraq, you’d have been court-martialed and dishonorably discharged and barely able to get a job at McDonalds. This cop gets a slap on the wrist and back to work like a good little boy.

  13. Why is it that Military Soldiers in a war can’t fire there weapon at the enemy until the said enemy fires upon them, but the Police that are sworn to protect us will fire the minute the citizen doesn’t obey an order the citizen may not even know is for them. POLICE SHOULD NOT BE ALOUD TO FIRE UNTIL FIRED UPON. This simple law would save so many innocent citizens!!!!

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