Police and the FBI are investigating whether an argument over an online game prompted a hoax call that led to a house where an officer shot and killed a Wichita man who apparently wasn't involved in the dispute.
The man hasn't been identified by police, but Madeline Finch identified the victim as her nephew, Andrew Finch.
NBC News reported that following up on Wichita Police leads, the Los Angeles Police Department arrested Tyler Barriss on a fugitive warrant on December 29.
KWCH reports that Livingston said officers gave Finch several verbal commands to put his hands up.
"He feared the male just pulled a weapon from his waistband, retrieved a gun and was in the process of pointing it at the officers to the east", Deputy Chief Troy Livingston of the Wichita Police Department said at a press conference Friday.
The officer who fired the shot - a seven-year veteran of the police department - will be placed on paid administrative leave, which is department policy, police said. 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.
The incident was reportedly the result of a $1.50 wagered Call Of Duty online match, with two players on the same team apparently blaming each other for their loss, but what makes this even more tragic is that Finch had no involvement in the match or the argument that ensued.
"What gives the cops the right to open fire?" she asked. The FBI estimates 400 swatting attacks occur every year, Clark said in a statement when announcing the bill. Police don't think the man fired at officers, but the incident is still under investigation, he said. She said her granddaughter was forced to step over her dying uncle and that no guns were found in the home.
The Wichita address, however, was the home of 28-year-old Andrew Finch, who police said they do not believe was involved. "That cop murdered my son over a false report in the first place".
In other cases of apparent swatting, three families in Florida in January had to evacuate their homes after a detective received an anonymous email claiming bombs had been placed at the address.
Police officers have a heavy burden: to make independent decisions to use or not use lethal force, often in a split-second, under stressful conditions.