Everything about this story is just horrible. With our shitty police who shoot first and shrug after the smoke clears, swatting is just attempted murder at this point. Or, when the police do just start shooting at the first person who opens the door, outright murder. Seriously, the cop just starts shooting when someone opens the door? Suppose they had the wrong address.. WHICH THEY DID. Suppose the person who opened the door was a hostage or a completely innocent person.. WHICH HE WAS! Most of the media outrage will be put upon the idiot who decided to do the swatting (and that jackhole does deserve most of the blame) but can we also talk about how our police force is just completely broken.
(CNN)A prank call to police led to a man’s death at a home in Wichita, Kansas — and a man in California has been arrested in connection with the crime.
It’s another example of swatting, or a prank in which people falsely report horrific crimes to draw large numbers of law enforcement.
In Wichita, a 28-year-old man was shot and killed Thursday after police responded to a call about a shooting involving hostages. Family members identified the man as Andrew Thomas Finch, CNN affiliate KAKE reported.
In the prank call, the caller said someone had an argument with their mother; that the dad was accidentally shot; and that a brother, a sister and the mother were held hostage, Wichita police Deputy Chief Troy Livingston said.
“We learned through that call that the father was deceased, shot in the head. So that’s the information we were working off of,” Livingston said. “Our officers came here preparing for a hostage situation. Several got in position. A male came to the front door, and one of our officers discharged his weapon.”