Police investigate if video game prank led to shooting death in Wichita

Police investigate if video game prank led to shooting death in Wichita

Police investigate if video game prank led to shooting death in Wichita

"We believe this incident is a case of 'swatting, ' which is the act of deceiving emergency services into sending a police response to another person's address", Livingston said.

A man came to the aid of a toddler not dressed for the cold in Utah, leading to the discovery of a tragic scene. When Finch came to his front door, he was shot by a cop.

Even if relay operators believe a 911 call may be a hoax, they're generally prohibited from intervening - calls must be relayed verbatim.

Speculation surrounding the caller's motivation has swirled as numerous gamers told the Wichita Eaglethat Thursday's episode was fallout from a dispute over the game Call of Duty.

The deceased man, who was unarmed, has been identified as 28-year-old Andrew Finch.

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"The incident is a nightmare for everyone involved including the family and our police department". According to Finch's family, he didn't play video games and was uninvolved in the dispute.

Livingston didn't say what caused the officer to shoot the man.

Los Angeles police say they've arrested a man they suspect made a hoax phone call that resulted in a fatal police shooting in Kansas. "That was the information we were working off of". In a since-deleted tweet on his now-suspended Twitter account, SWAuTistic denied responsibility for the attacks ... but didn't deny making the call.

The gamer who has been accused of orchestrating the swatting wrote on Twitter in a now-deleted message, "I didn't get anyone killed because I didn't discharge a weapon and being a swat member isn't my profession". As it is laid out on Twitter, this man threatened to swat the other, with the intended victim giving his attacker a false address.

It appears that police may have been given a false address by one of the gamers, and Finch lived in the home. Prominent celebrities like Justin Bieber and Ashton Kutcher have been swatted but the prank is most well-known in video gaming communities, where it has been used as a form of revenge. Police released the audio from the 911 call allegedly made by Barriss, you can hear it below. That became a heated argument with one gamer contacting a friend who has swatted people before.

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Several officers arrived and surrounded the home, braced for a hostage situation.

Officials do, however, say that there are limits to what can be done to combat swatting. In this case, an innocent man was killed. He said no one has been arrested in connection with the hoax. Instigators call 911 operators within close proximity to their victims -frequently using caller ID spoofing or other measures to hide their true location - and report severely volatile situations that may warrant a SWAT team response.

Officers went to the house and prepared for a hostage situation.

The officer who fired is a 7 ½-year veteran, who has been placed on administrative leave.

"We woke this morning to terrible news about an innocent man losing his life", UMG spokeswoman Shannon Gerritzen said in an email to The Associated Press. An FBI supervisor in Kansas City, Missouri, which covers all of Kansas, said the agency joined in the investigation at the request of local police.

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