Police kill a man at his home while responding to a fake call

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.”

  • Klaatu

    Agree…they literally just killed a man for opening his front door…so disgusting. And what about that poor guy a little while back in the Hotel corridor crawling on his hands and knees, crying and begging for the cop not to shoot him…That cop was found not guilty of manslaughter…how, I’ll never know…it was on fucking video!!

    • I couldn’t watch that video. I just couldn’t. The police get so much leeway with juries when these go to court (and most of the time they don’t even get that far). Everything just is terrible.

  • Bullseye

    Maybe take their guns away?

  • kiwi.jono

    Just wow. If this happened NZ there would be major police investigation launched that would probably span many months and culminate in a public hearing.

    Seriously, for everyones sake, I hope this is thoroughly investigated.

  • LydiRae

    This is pretty much why I don’t call the police, or threaten to, ever. The risk of force escalating by their presence is is huge.