LAPD makes arrest in Wichita "swatting" tragedy

31 December, 2017, 02:38 | Author: Kelly Sanders

Swatting, for those who don't know, is a "prank" where someone calls the police department claiming a serious crime is going on at someone else's house. Cops are given a false story that usually revolves around a murder or an incident that involves hostages.

Ramsey says it's not hard for gamers to find someone's address to give out, even if they are located in another country. The FBI estimates that roughly 400 cases of swatting occur annually. Sometimes they will call local non-emergency lines instead of trying to prank 9-1-1.

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.

In audio of the 911 call played by Wichita police at a news conference on Friday, a man said he shot his father in the head and that he was holding his mother and a sibling at gunpoint.

"I DIDNT GET ANYONE KILLED BECAUSE I DIDNT DISCHARGE A WEAPON AND BEING A SWAT MEMBER ISNT MY PROFESSION", said one gamer, who others said made the swatting call.

"That was the information we were working off of". Livingstone continued, "A male came to the front door". When Finch came to his front door, he was shot by a cop.

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Someone told police there was a hostage situation inside a home in Wichita, Kansas.

A 20-year-old Maryland man was shot in the face with rubber bullets by police in 2015 after a fake hostage situation was reported at his home. And it isn't known what cause the officer to shoot him on sight. He died later at a hospital as a result of the shooting. When they arrived at the address, a man named Andrew Finch, 28, answered the door. Livingston didn't mention discuss the online game but said investigators were tracking online leads. Livingstone added, "This call was little peculiar for us".

'[The call] went to a substation first, then it was relayed to dispatch, then dispatch gave it to us. The shooting is said to have resulted from an argument that sparked between two Call of Duty players, which ignited the deadly swatting prank. He said no one has been arrested in connection with the hoax. In a since-deleted tweet on his now-suspended Twitter account, SWAuTistic denied responsibility for the attacks ... but didn't deny making the call.

It is being reported across the competitive CoD community that a $2 wager match on the evening of Thursday December 28th descended into two team mates arguing with each other after losing the match, and threatening each other to be swatted. The intended victim of the swatting gave a false address, that was close to his own, so it would appear real.

"Someone tried to swat me and got an innocent man killed."

The officer who fired the fatal shot, a seven-year veteran of the force, has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is department policy. Police training takes three years in Germany; it takes an average of 19 weeks in the United States.

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