One of the most unfortunate headlines from the last week has been the news of the death of a man in Wichita, Kansas as a result of a "swatting" prank, or police being sent to a residence under the impression that it's a hostage situation. It was then revealed that the shooter was holding the mom, as well as his younger brother and sister, hostage. The police and FBI were investigating whether the hoax call stemmed from an argument over an online game. We learned through that call that a father was deceased, and had been shot in the head. Upon coming to the front door, an officer fired his weapon, injuring Finch who was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
When police arrived at the address, Andrew Finch answered the door and was shot by a police man.
Someone told police there was a hostage situation inside a home in Wichita, Kansas. However, Livingston did say the "call was little peculiar for us".
It appears that police may have been given a false address by one of the gamers, and Finch lived in the home.
But Livingston said the man moved a hand toward the area of his waistband - a common place where guns are concealed.
Finch was not involved in the game.
Lisa Finch said the family was forced outside barefoot in freezing cold and handcuffed after the shooting.
"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. "We are doing everything we can to assist the authorities in this matter".
In addition to the 911 call, police also released a brief video of body camera footage from another officer at the scene. It was hard to see clearly what happened.
The FBI estimates that roughly 400 cases of swatting occur annually, with some using caller ID spoofing to disguise their number.
Swatting is reporting a fake crime to police with the intent of getting police SWAT teams to respond to the target home. One game player threatened to "swat" the other, and the second provided a false address - that of Finch.
Police say the man shot by an officer was the only person injured at the home. "The officers have to respond accordingly", he said.