United States police kill man in a 'swatting' incident after prank 911 call

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"Swatting" stems from someone making up a false report to get a SWAT team to descend upon an address.

While there's no confirmation yet that Barriss is "SWauTistic", the Twitter user who claimed to be one of the Call of Duty players and admitted to Krebs On Security's Brian Krebs that he was the one who made the call, the LA Times has found that Barriss has a history of such pranks.

While this is absolutely an illustration of the worst of the worst in toxic online behavior, Andrew Finch's death isn't simply an issue of SWATting and the callousness of some online gamers. Finch was not armed.

Wichita Deputy Police Chief Troy Livingston told the media that the police officer saw Finch reach for his waistband, and believed he had a gun. Cops are given a false story that usually revolves around a murder or an incident that involves hostages.

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. The FBI estimates that roughly 400 cases of swatting occur annually.

Wichita police received a 911 call that that a father had been shot in the head and the shooter was holding his mother, brother and sister hostage.

Livingston said that injured man was 28 years old. The dispute escalated with one threatening the other with swatting.

Lisa Finch told the Eagle that her son did not play video games.

Police believe the girl's mother died almost 24 hours earlier, but could not confirm any information on the cause or manner of her death.

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Andrew Finch's aunt Lorrie Hernandez-Caballero told the Eagle she was shocked that a person would make such a prank call. (The call) went to a substation first, then it was relayed to dispatch, then dispatch gave it to us. "That was the information we were working off of".

It appears that those responsible might have been two Call of Duty players who were competing in a $1.50 money match last night, based on Twitter screencaps shared among the Call of Duty community.

Professional Call of Duty players on Twitter have attempted to explain the situation themselves (via CharlieINTEL).

The man was taken to a local hospital where he died, Livingston says.

The officer, a seven-year veteran of the department, is on paid leave pending the investigation.

Rep. Katherine Clark, a Massachusetts Democrat, introduced an anti-swatting bill in 2015 - then was herself the victim of swatting.

The person who was to be the target of the swatting sent a Tweet saying, "Someone tried to swat me and got an innocent man killed".

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". Police training takes three years in Germany; it takes an average of 19 weeks in the United States. Police plan to release more information later today.

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