He was charged with two felony counts of a false report of a bomb to an agency of business and one felony count of criminal threats.

The prank is becoming quite popular with online gamers across the country.

The Associated Press reported the Federal Bureau of Investigation estimates about 400 cases of "swatting" happen every year. 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.

Wichita police released audio of the 911 call allegedly made by Barriss in which he calmly discusses that he shot his father and is holding his mother and younger brother hostage in a closet.


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

Officers soon flanked the house on three sides and readied themselves for a confrontation, Livingston said in his press conference.

Thursday night, authorities responded to a call that indicated there was a possible homicide and hostage situation at the victim's-identified as Andrew Finch-home in Wichita (via The Wichita Eagle 1, 2). And it isn't known what cause the officer to shoot him on sight. One of Finch's cousins also made the claim that Andrew never played video games.

Livingston said dispatchers were told a man was shot in the head and dead inside the home as well.

The call that sparked the fatal ordeal starts with an erratic male voice telling a 911 operator that he had observed an argument between his parents and then fired a handgun at his father. We have a lot of information to go through'.


Livingston said investigators were tracking online leads, and a law enforcement official who earlier confirmed Barriss' arrest said the shooting stemmed from a dispute over "Call of Duty".

Ramsey first heard of swatting in 2010 and says a popular form of the hoax is through gaming. Prominent celebrities like Justin Bieber and Ashton Kutcher have been swatted, but the prank is most well-known in video gaming communities, where it has been used as a form of revenge.

Other gamers have called for "swatting" to be stopped. This resulted in the police arriving at a nearby home where an innocent man was apparently enjoying a quiet night sans any actual hostages. The intended victim of the swatting gave a false address, that was close to his own, so it would appear real. The intended victim tweeted after the shooting, "Someone tried to swat me and got an innocent man killed".

Erica Garner, daughter of Eric Garner, who was killed by New York City police, asks a question of then-Democratic presidential candidate Sen.

Police say the man shot by an officer was the only person injured at the home. Said one gamer via email. He says the officer who shot the man is a seven-year veteran with the Wichita Police Department.


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