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Prank led to police shooting unarmed Kansas man

31 December, 2017, 00:23 | Author: Lula Armstrong
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Police and industry officials say the death Thursday in Wichita may have been the result of a practice called "swatting", in which a person makes up a false report to get a SWAT team to descend on an address. Livingstone continued, "A male came to the front door". In this case, it appears that Barriss had some sort of argument with another gamer while playing Call of Duty.

Livingston said that injured man was 28 years old.

United States media reports that a dispute lead to one gamer threatening another with a "swatting", who then gave the first gamer a fake address.

UMG Gaming, which operates online gaming tournaments, said in an email to the Associated Press that the company is "doing everything we can to assist the authorities". According to Finch's family, he didn't play video games and was uninvolved in the dispute. The victim of the cop shooting has not yet been identified, but it was confirmed that he died at a local hospital. We have a lot of information to go through'.

"There's where he was shot", Andrew Finch's aunt, Lorrie Hernandez-Caballero, said, as she pointed to spots of blood on the home's porch, and on the carpet just inside the door.

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". Had the false police call not been made, we would not have been there. Finch says police later instructed her, her roommmate and her granddaughter to come outside with their hands up, which meant stepping over Finch's "dying" body. That became a heated argument with one gamer contacting a friend who has swatted people before.


According to posts on Twitter, two gamers were arguing when one threatened to target the other with a swatting call. At the time of writing, Swautistic's Twitter account has been suspended. 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.

Someone told police there was a hostage situation inside a home in Wichita, Kansas. The intended victim, who was not swatted, said this. He said no one has been arrested in connection with the hoax. Went to the police to inform them so my house doesn't get swatted.

The phenomenon of swatting, anonymous reports of fake hostage situations, shootings and other violent crimes, has grown in recent years, particularly among online gamers and hackers.

Finch and Hernandez-Caballero said they want to see the officer - identified only as a 7-year veteran of the department - and the person who made the false report held accountable.

"We woke this morning to awful news about an innocent man losing his life", Shannon Gerritzen, a UMG vice president, said in an email to The Associated Press.

Officer Paul Cruz, a spokesman for the Wichita police, said the two city police departments are working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation on the case, but provided no further details including on possible charges or extradition.

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