Call of Duty 'swatting' hoax leads to arrest in California

Call of Duty 'swatting' hoax leads to arrest in California

Yesterday, we told you about a frightful incident where police officers responded to an anonymous call reporting a fatal hostage situation in Wichita, Kansas.

An investigation found that Finch was the victim of "swatting", a risky prank where someone makes a false report that sends police to an address expecting an armed threat. He said he was holding his mother and a sibling at gunpoint.

Update: Wichita police say one man is dead after a Wichita Police Department officer shot him on a call Thursday evening at a home near McCormick and Seneca in southwest Wichita.

At Thursday night's police briefing, Wichita Police Department Deputy Chief Troy Livingston was asked whether this was a "swatting" incident or a prank. The police and FBI were investigating whether the hoax call stemmed from an argument over an online game.

"We don't know, but obviously detectives will look into that angle", Livingston said. He said no one has been arrested in connection with the hoax.

Officers went to the house and prepared for a hostage situation.

Authorities released the 911 recording in which a man said his father had been shot in the head. Police have said officers feared Finch had drawn a weapon.

The man was taken to a local hospital where he died, Livingston says.

The officer who fired is a 7 ½-year veteran, who has been placed on administrative leave. Meanwhile, a member of the family identified Finch as the deceased.

The call was in response to an online argument over a small wager on a popular computer shooting game, Call of Duty, according to a gamers news site.

Mr Finch's mother Lisa Finch told reporters "that cop murdered my son over a false report in the first place". "If the false police call had not been made, we would not have been there".

Police are investigating whether it was a "swatting" incident or prank.

A 20-year-old Maryland man was shot in the face with rubber bullets by police in 2015 after a fake hostage situation was reported at his home.

The FBI estimates that roughly 400 cases of swatting occur annually, with some using caller ID spoofing to disguise their number. One game player threatened to "swat" the other, and the second provided a false address - that of Finch. Armed officers in 2016 responded to an anonymous call claiming an active shooter was at Clark's home.

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