Fatal "Swatting" episode in Kansas raises quandary: Who is to blame?

Call of Duty swatter involved in shooting gets arrested and interviewed

Police in Los Angeles have arrested a man they suspect made a hoax phone call that resulted in a fatal police shooting in Wichita, Kansas.

Andrew Finch was shot and killed by police officers who stormed his Wichita house after reports of a homicide and hostage situation.

Livingston said police believe this was a case of "swatting" where someone makes a false call to initiate a response from a SWAT team to an address.

"They were arguing and I shot him in the head and he's not breathing anymore", the caller says. The caller also said he was holding his other family members at gunpoint inside the home and was thinking about setting the house on fire, police said. "I might just set it on fire".

Livingston said a 28-year-old man was shot as he came to the front door, but that when officers got inside the house, they didn't find anyone with gunshot wounds.The man died at a hospital.

Authorities have arrested a 25-year-old man living almost 1,500 miles away in connection to the incident. "In the state of California, it is illegal to call in an emergency knowing that it is false and that is exactly what he did". According to Lightfoot, on October 15, 2015, the case was presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office where police were asking the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office to file charges against Barriss that included two felony counts of false report of bomb to agency or business, one felony count of criminal threats and one misdemeanor count of dissuading a witness from reporting a crime was filed on Barriss.

Police are now investigating why he may have targeted a home several thousand kilometres away. Andrew Fitch opened the door, saw police cars all over the place, and heard a police officer with a drawn weapon begin to shout at him: "Walk this way!" "The incident is a nightmare for everyone involved, including the family and our police department", Livingston said.

The two unnamed gamers got into an argument over a match of Call of Duty on Thursday, according to the Wichita Eagle.

Suspect in Quadruple Homicide Knew One of the Victims, Police Say
More than two dozens people were inside the Troy City Court on Saturday morning, wearing Troy Boys and Girls club sweatshirts. Police described the crime scene as the most savage they've ever seen. "We are shocked and deeply saddened by this tragedy".

But Livingston said the man moved a hand toward his waistband - a common place where guns are concealed.

Lisa Finch and Livingston both said Finch was unarmed. The officer was placed on paid leave pending an investigation.

On the call, the man said he had shot his father.

Officers then entered the home and found four individuals inside alive and unharmed, police said.

Lisa Finch said the family was forced outside barefoot in freezing cold and handcuffed after the shooting.

For now, Wichita police appear to be putting the blame exclusively on the prank 911 call, saying that "the irresponsible actions of a prankster put people and lives at risk", and that "due to the actions of a prankster, we have an innocent victim". "[The officer] took me, my roommate and my granddaughter, who witnessed the shooting and had to step over her dying uncle's body".

Swatting usually makes the news when police are tricked into raiding the home of celebrity - like Justin Bieber in 2012 or Lil Wayne in 2015.

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