Swatting Possible Cause Of Fatal Wichita Police Shooting

Swatting Possible Cause Of Fatal Wichita Police Shooting

Livingston didn't say what caused the officer to shoot the man or whether he was armed.

"We believe we were given some misinformation on the call", said Livingston. She says her son, Andrew Finch, opened the front door because he heard something outside. The man, who has not been identified by police, died at a local hospital.

Twitter users and gaming sites have blamed the incident on swatting.

"This call was little peculiar for us", Livingston said.

"As he came to the front door one of our officers discharged his weapon", Livingston said. Swatting is defined as a "the action or practice of making a prank call to emergency services in an attempt to bring about the dispatch of a large number of armed police officers to a particular address".

According to the screenshotted Twitter posts from Thursday, one Call of Duty player threatened to "swat" another player after they got into a heated argument over a $1 or $2 bet. One of Finch's cousins also made the claim that Andrew never played video games.

"Why didn't they give him the same warning that they gave us?" the distraught mother said.

Livingston said the original call to 911 proved to be erroneous. Livingston said that when officers got inside the house, they didn't find anyone with gunshot wounds. (The call) went to a substation first, then it was relayed to dispatch, then dispatch gave it to us.

A Kansas man shot to death by police earlier this week was the victim of a misdirected gaming prank known as "swatting", according to social media chatter. "That's why we have to listen to this tape and kind of dissect it and go through it". That results in an excessive display of force from police, who have no other information to go on and typically respond to such calls with an extraordinary amount of aggression.

A 2008 Federal Bureau of Investigation report mentions swatting incidents dating back to 2002, but the calls have become more prevalent with the rise of live-streaming video games.

His account has since been suspended. The Wichita Eagle reports that the police department is investigating the issue, which occurred late Thursday night.

"Someone tried to swat me and got an innocent man killed", the targeted gamer tweeted as news of the fatal police shooting began to spread. The officer who fired the deadly shot has been placed on administrative paid leave. Officer Paul Cruz told The Associated Press that more information would be released at a news conference, which has been moved to 4 p.m., and that he couldn't comment.

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