What's more, a cousin reportedly told the paper he "didn't play video games".
"The incident is a nightmare for everyone involved including the family and our police department". If the false police call had not been made, we would not have been there ... "That cop murdered my son over a false report". The prankster that calls in the false report will use caller ID spoofing, or some other high tech technique that disguises their phone number as being local.
Even if relay operators believe a 911 call may be a hoax, they're generally prohibited from intervening - calls must be relayed verbatim.
"The irresponsible actions of a prankster put people and lives at risk", said Wichita Police Department Deputy Chief Troy Livingston.
A person who first called the security desk at Wichita City Hall told a 911 operator that he had accidentally shot his father and was pointing a gun at his mother and brother.
"That was the information we were working off of".
"As he came to the front door, one of our officers discharged his weapon", Livingston said.
Livingston said that injured man was 28 years old. And it isn't known what cause the officer to shoot him on sight. Finch says police later instructed her, her roommmate and her granddaughter to come outside with their hands up, which meant stepping over Finch's "dying" body.
The man was taken to a local hospital where he died, Livingston says. Family members identified the man as Andrew Thomas Finch, CNN affiliate KAKE reported.
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It is such an important thing. "I really can't believe people still have these thoughts in their mind now". That is how it feels anyway, like it has been brushed under the carpet.
"There's where he was shot", Andrew Finch's aunt, Lorrie Hernandez-Caballero, said, as she pointed to spots of blood on the home's porch, and on the carpet just inside the door.
"This call was little peculiar for us".
Reports in U.S. media suggest the call stemmed from an argument between two gamers playing Call of Duty online. The user's Twitter account was suspended overnight. "Two teammates [on the losing team] who go by the handles "Miruhcle" and "Baperizer" got into an argument following a loss", summarized GameInformer, "over public Twitter posts and private direct messages with each other".
But Livingston told reporters at the scene that police were called to the home after being "given some misinformation".
Questions remain regarding the circumstances that led up to the heavy police response and the shooting at the home near McCormick and Seneca. He said no one has been arrested in connection with the hoax.
Officers went to the house and prepared for a hostage situation.
Swatting is reporting a fake crime to police with the intent of getting police SWAT teams to respond to the target home. The officer that killed Finch is on paid leave as the department investigates further.