The hoax call was made after a dispute over a wager in a game of Call of Duty, according to Dexerto, an online news service focused on gaming. The call was a pissed-off player swatting another player all because of an online Call of Duty match and a $2.00 dollar bet. We learned through that call that a father was deceased, and had been shot in the head.
Deputy Wichita Police Chief Troy Livingston has confirmed that an ongoing investigation into this particular prank has been launched.
'I DIDNT GET ANYONE KILLED BECAUSE I DIDNT DISCHARGE A WEAPON AND BEING A SWAT MEMBER ISNT MY PROFESSION, ' said one gamer on Twitter, who others said made the swatting call. His family says he was unarmed.
Officers subsequently surrounded the home at the address the caller provided and prepared for a hostage situation.
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But Chief Livingston said the man moved a hand toward his waistband - a common place where guns are concealed.
The officer who fired the deadly shot has been placed on administrative paid leave.
The official said Barriss believed a person involved in the dispute lived at the address, but that investigators don't believe Finch was the intended target. She said the family was forced outside barefoot in freezing cold and handcuffed.
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Lisa Finch on Friday told reporters "that cop murdered my son over a false report in the first place".
"We woke this morning to terrible news about an innocent man losing his life", UMG spokeswoman Shannon Gerritzen said in an email to The Associated Press.
"What gives the cops the right to open fire?" she asked. "Our hearts go out to his loved ones".
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". She declined to disclose other details. You can watch the released body camera footage and determine things for yourself, but be warned that it contains graphic content.
What will happen next is unclear, however with an innocent man gunned down because of a fake threat, the police are expected to investigate and prosecute those involved.
The FBI estimates that roughly 400 cases of swatting occur annually, with some using caller ID spoofing to disguise their number.
Tyler Barriss was arrested Friday in California on suspicion of making a false report to police that led police to a Wichita home, where an officer fatally shot an innocent man. The police and FBI were investigating whether the hoax call stemmed from an argument over an online game.
One game player threatened to "swat" the other, and the second provided a false address - that of Finch. Armed officers in 2016 responded to an anonymous call claiming an active shooter was at Clark's home.
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