Police shoot dead man after alleged Call of Duty ‘swatting’ hoax

A man has been arrested after an alleged “swatting” prank call led to police shooting dead a 28-year-old man.

Andrew Finch was shot at his front door on 28 December in Wichita, Kansas.

Police surrounded the home after receiving a hoax emergency call from a man claiming to have shot dead his father and taken his family hostage.

The call stemmed from a row between two gamers playing Call of Duty online, US media say, although the address raided was apparently unconnected to either.

Police have said they believe the report was an act of “swatting” where a person makes a false report to send police to another person or fake address.

  • HotForSwat

    I’m guessing the cop will get a promotion for this one, right? Lesson learned kids: Games ARE harmful, at least in America. How dumb do the cops really have to be to take a call from a faker, and believe it’s real? And if it really is this simple to kill another gamer you dislike, then what does that say about the whole system they have over there?

    They should make a dedicated swatting hotline at this point.

    And really…? He shot him in the head? Like, THE HEAD? Wow. Talk about not wanting prisoners… I’m guessing he thought his XBOX controller was a gun, right? I wonder what the report of these “incidents” look like.

    • robins111

      Nope. The guy they shot was a total innocent. They were sent to the wrong address.

      • Shebel

        The cops are not psychic.

  • Literally Hitler

    Truly tragic. And https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/be8d66653bf3648b64984164a1a7f1751fc48b8e7ce379ad179db20116865db1.jpg now the streets of Wichita will be filled with rioting and looting crackers.

  • Brett_McS

    It’s a fact that a white man is more likely to be shot by police than a black man. It’s part of White Privilege.

  • Clausewitz

    The police have call display right? Right?

    • Jaedo Drax

      call display can easily be spoofed

      • Clausewitz

        Spoofing is dead simple to detect. Take it from an old school telecom guy. One would hope the police would check all aspects of this case before sending our a hit squad.

        • Jaedo Drax

          no, they don’t… there is an claim that there is a hostage situation, they send someone out. they investigate after the fact. Which is why the guy was found so quickly.

          • Clausewitz

            Using the equipment they should have been using up front. Maybe one less armoured car and a few more telecom tools could have avoided this situation.

  • robins111

    Isn’t it interesting that soldiers in a war zone have more restrictive rules of engagement than these fools in blue uniforms.

    • Watchman

      Not any more under Trump, reportedly. All for the better.

  • UCSPanther

    The little POS who called in the false hostage call is being brought up on charges, and instigator of the whole mess is facing a lawsuit from the dead felon’s family.

    The police have been warning that this is a possible consequence of the practice of swatting, and it finally happened…

  • Caspar

    The title should read, “Police shoot man dead…” and not “Police shoot dead man…”

    • deplorabledave

      Police shoot dead, man

  • Hard Little Machine

    This is exactly why I never supported BLM. They missed an opportunity to speak out about bad police and paramilitarized police forces, preferring instead to turn it in to a racial issue. It’s not a racial issue, it’s a police issue. But since they turned it into racial politics and refuse to address the actual problem I would never support them. And my spouse of nearly 40 years is black, my children are multiracial. It’s not like we haven’t seen this.

  • Drunk by Noon ✓

    ‘Mamba is right.
    Universal admiration for police is misplaced.
    Nothing will happen to that cop and not enough will happen to the guy that called in the hoax.

  • Watchman

    Halfwit swatting initiator: “It’s OK, he’ll be back after the timeout and then he’ll respawn.”

  • Shebel

    The cops must take ALL calls seriously.
    And they did.

  • mauser 98