The call was made by an online "swatter", a term used to describe someone who makes false police calls in an attempt to get SWAT teams to raid peoples homes and scare them... sometimes people die though.The incident happened over a Call of Duty wager of $1.50 (yes, a dollar and 50 cents, that's not a typo), an argument ensued and one of the players said they were going to swat the other player.
Go Fund MeAndrew Finch pictured on a fundraising page for his family. "I heard a huge gunshot go off".
"What gives the cops the right to open fire?" One gamer has this to say. "That cop murdered my son over a false report". "If the false police call had not been made, we would not have been there".
At Thursday night's police briefing, Wichita Police Department Deputy Chief Troy Livingston was asked whether this was a "swatting" incident or a prank. Livingstone added, "This call was little peculiar for us". He then lists the address where the victim, Finch, was present.
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They are from the same family. "Our prayers and thoughts are with the families that were affected", he said. His grieving father spoke to the NYPost and said that helping people was "in his nature".
The Eagle report reads that "Police don't think the man [Finch] fired at police".
Officers soon flanked the house on three sides and readied themselves for a confrontation, Deputy Police Chief Livingston said in his press conference.
Officers arrived at the 1000 block of McCormick, where they were fully prepared for the hostage situation. The player who was threatened did not live there and an innocent family had their home stormed by police and it ended in a fatality.
Nineteen Wichita police officers came to West Third Street on October 20, 2015. "[The officer] took me, my roommate and my granddaughter, who witnessed the shooting and had to step over her dying uncle's body". "I shot him in the head and he's not breathing anymore", says the man on audio released by Wichita police.
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But Livingston told reporters at the scene that police were called to the home after being "given some misinformation". Some swatters use a teletypewriter (TTY) relay - a phone system created for people who are deaf - to place 911 calls. And the second player apparently sent that address to a third party known for swatting.
Wichita police responded to a 911 call (see video below) Thursday indicating that an armed man was holding his family hostage.
Rep. Katherine Clark, a Massachusetts Democrat, introduced an anti-swatting bill in 2015 - then was herself the victim of swatting. Livingston didn't mention discuss the online game but said investigators were tracking online leads. 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.
A relative of Andrew Finch's told the Wichita Eagle that the victim didn't play video games. Trey Forgety of the National Emergency Number Association told NPR in 2013 that 911 operators all over the country face 600,000 a day, making spotting a fake hard.
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"How does it feel to be a murderer?" she said. "I can't believe people do this on objective".