Andrew Finch may have been the victim of an internet prank known as "swatting" - where someone makes up a false report in order to get a SWAT team to respond to another person's address.
Swatting is reporting a fake crime to police with the intent of getting police SWAT teams to respond to the target home. When Finch went to the door police told him to put his hands up and move slowly. It's an extreme path to take over an online game but sadly many people resort to such tactics. It isn't believed that the unnamed man shot back at police.
Police are now investigating the shooting as a case of swatting.
On Thursday, Deputy Wichita Police Chief Troy Livingston said a substation received a call that there was a hostage situation in a house in the 1000 block of West McCormick - and that someone had been shot in the head.
Call of Duty gamer Faze ZooMaa tweeted that, "The same kid who swatted Dallas, threatened to swat NOLA, threatened to swat my girlfriend and I all day, swatted an innocent family today and someone was killed". I'm exhausted of this shit, he need to be thrown in jail.
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The incident has drawn speculation, fueled by statements made by individuals on social media, that the emergency call was part of a prank made by a video-gamer in an argument.
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A man emerged from the house after police arrived.
'This call was little peculiar for us, ' Livingston said.
The official said it wasn't clear if Barriss was involved in the dispute or if he had been recruited to make the false call. "That was the information we were working off of". Finch was unarmed. A Go Fund Me page has been set up for Finch's family during this hard time. The intended victim of the swatting gave a false address, that was close to his own, so it would appear real. A caller claiming to be SWAuTistic also participated in an interview with the YouTube channel Drama Alert in which he admitted to SWATting Finch's address.
United States media reports suggest the hoax call had followed a dispute between two online gamers playing first-person shooter Call of Duty. One gamer has this to say.
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