VIDEO: 'Swatting' Prank Call Gets An Innocent Man Killed

A Kansas man was shot by police after a false report of a homicide and hostage situation was reported at his home.

Wichita, KS – Police have confirmed that an online gaming prank known as “swatting” led to an unarmed, uninvolved man being fatally shot by officers on Thursday night, KWCH reported.

Andrew Finch, 28, was killed after an unknown person called 911 and falsely reported that there was a hostage situation at an address where Finch resided.

The ill-conceived “prank” is referred to by online gamers as “swatting,” and occurs when someone makes up a fake story in order to get a SWAT team or heavy police response, The Washington Post reported.

"We were told that someone had an argument with their mother and dad was accidentally shot, and that now that individual was holding brother, sister and mother hostage," Wichita Police Department (WPD) Deputy Chief Troy Livingston said, according to KAKE. "We learned through that call that the father was deceased...been shot in the head."

In the 911 recording of the call, the male caller said he shot his father in the head, and that he was no longer breathing.

He told the dispatcher he was armed with a black handgun, and that he was pointing the weapon at his mother and his little brother to keep them in the closet.

“I’m definitely not gonna put it away,” the caller told the dispatcher when she asked to put the gun down.

He then told the dispatcher that he already poured gasoline “all over” the house, and that he “might just set it on fire.”

“In a little bit, I might,” the man said.

The caller disconnected with 911 personnel on at least two occasions.

Officers arrived at the 6:20, just two minutes after they received the call, Deputy Chief Livingston said.

They cordoned off the residence, positioned themselves around Finch’s home, and prepared to make contact with the unknown caller. They also considered the possibility of a standoff, Deputy Chief Livingston explained.

The WPD released a 7-second bodycam clip that showed Finch from across the street as he unexpectedly stepped into the doorway.

Officers were heard as they gave him several verbal commands to put his hands up, and to walk towards them.

“The male complied for a very short time, but then moved his hands back down to his waist area,” Deputy Chief Livingston said. “The officers continued to give him verbal commands to put his hands up, but he lowered his hands again.”

As Finch turned towards officers positioned on one side of his house, he lowered his hands to his waistband again, then “suddenly pulled them back up, towards those officers,” Deputy Chief Livingston said.

An officer positioned across the street feared that Finch had just pulled a weapon, and that he was in the process of pointing it at the officers still positioned at the side of the residence.

“Fearing for those officers’ safety, the officer...fired one round, striking the male,” he said.

Officers swarmed the house, and quickly ascertained that there were no hostages, nor a murdered man inside.

Finch was taken to a local hospital, and was pronounced dead just after 7 p.m., KAKE reported.

“We believe this incident is a case of swatting,” Deputy Chief Livingston said.

According to the Wichita Eagle, more than a dozen people involved in the gaming community told the news outlet that two gamers got into an argument, and that one of the individuals initiated a “swatting.”

One of the gamers reportedly gave the second gamer a false address, and when the second gamer gave the address – and the false report – to 911, officers ended up responding to Finch’s home, the Wichita Eagle reported.

"Someone tried to swat me and got an innocent man killed," on player Tweeted, according to the New York Daily News.

“I DIDNT GET ANYONE KILLED BECAUSE I DIDNT DISCHARGE A WEAPON AND BEING A SWAT MEMBER ISNT MY PROFESSION,” one gamer said on Twitter. Other gamers said he was the one who made the swatting call, the Wichita Eagle reported.

The two players involved in the feud, Miruhcle and Baperizer, have removed themselves from Twitter, Dexerto reported.

Finch was the father of two children – aged 2 and 7, the Wichita Eagle reported.

“He was very kind and caring,” his mother, Lisa Finch said. “He was in gifted classes. He was very artistic. He would do anything for his family.”

One officer, a seven-and-one-half year veteran of the WPD, has been placed on administrative leave, as per protocol for deadly officer-involved incidents, Deputy Chief Livingston said.

Investigation into who placed the deadly 911 call is ongoing.

You can listen to the chilling 911 call, as well as the 7-second bodycam recording, in the video below:

@Det_John_Kimble you're a corny clown. Shut up.

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@Hi_estComnDenomn It's good to like your own comment huh? I am the cure for you - disease boy.

@Det_John_Kimble i didn't like my own comment, but i should have. It was succinct, and like all my comments, i knew you'd respond.

Maybe the thumbs up was for playing you like a piano.

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"That is true but Andrew Finch's life mattered too, especially to his two young children."
And who is saying that isn't the case. No one is disparaging the dude for getting shot. people are just calling into contest the idea that, well human reaction time isn't a constant. generally, the number of people training to become police officers is dwindling, so ideal candidates are harder to find. So many departments cut standards where they can to get more people on the force. You're never going to find an all perfect group of men and women.

But don't mistake people's opinions that there is reasonable doubt here, because you feel it shouldn't have happened. Everyone feels that way.

"Our society cannot give cops carte blanche to kill anyone whose hand wander near their waste band. "
If it is so prevalent an issue, then people just should stop reaching into their waistband. Guess what, trigger happy cops will have less of an excuse to shoot you then. But aside from that, Who are you talking about? Who is saying that they believe every instance of a police shooting is completely and wholly justified? Or are you just building this straw man so you can discard the valid opinion that there is some reasonable doubt in this case?

@Heezels there are plenty people that believe cops should never be prosecuted. There have been stories of jury members exonerating a cop solely because he was a cop, evidence be damned.

Check back at the article where the victim gets shot in the hallway. Plenty of people were pulling excuses out of their ass as to why a guy got shot after he failed to do the Hokey Pokey to the cop's liking.

And with everything, all we have is a blurry camera from across the street. Nothing but the police report says he was reaching for his waistband. From the footage we have, i see a guy answering his door and being confused as multiple people yell shit at him with guns pointed at him. Have you ever had a gun pulled on you? How do you think your mind functions when there's a gun in your face?

Most people can't even read an article with music playing in the background.

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@Hi_estComnDenomn

This whole thing really bothers me. Cops just want to go home like the rest of us. That an innocent person was killed because of some really stupid behavior on both the swatter and the police departments actions makes this a wake up moment. The swatter should be charged with murder and the cop should also be charged with negligence at the least. You can't tell me this could not have been handled differently.

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Cops put there lives on the line for everyone. The call was about someone holding people hostage with a gun and they murdered there dad.

So are they suppose to just walk up to the house like nothing happen. The media is fake news and don't know what happen.

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