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Swatting Incident Leads to Death of an Innocent Man in Wichita, Kansas

written by Jordan Cobb December 29, 2017

During a Call of Duty Twitch stream, two players got into a heated argument about a game where there was a $1.50 wager on the line. Twitter user @SWauTistic then threatened to swat user @7aLeNT. For those unaware, swatting is a stunt mainly on Twitch when users will make a false police report about whoever is live on stream to engage a huge response while they are still live online.

@7aLeNT then proceeded to give an address that wasn’t their own and @SWauTistic called into the Wichita Police Department in Kansas about a hostage situation. In a press conference about the incident, Deputy Police Chief Troy Livingston said the following:

It was a shooting call involving hostages. The original call, we were told that someone had an argument with their mother and dad was accidentally shot. And that now that person was holding mother, brother and sister hostage. We learned through that call that a father was deceased, and had been shot in the head. That was the information we were working off of.

The man shot was 28-year-old, Andrew Finch, a father of two, whom upon answering the door was shot by the responding officers. They added that he didn’t even play video games.

Livingston added:

As he came to the front door, one of our officers discharged his weapon.

He also commented on how they had reacted to the call coming in itself.

This call was little peculiar for us. (The call) went to a substation first, then it was relayed to dispatch, then dispatch gave it to us. We have a lot of information to go through.

Posted by Wichita Police Department on Friday, December 29, 2017

The family reported that there were no guns at all in the house. As far as the shooting officer, he has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation.

After the incident, @SWauTistic has changed his Twitter handle to @GoredTutor36, but it proved to be too little too late as KrebsOnSecurity had shown that this wasn’t the only time the user was involved with swatting pranks. They revealed weeks of material from the user’s Twitter that showed that they have claimed to be involved in numerous hoaxes and similar threats.

Whoever @GoredTutor36 is then sent a direct message to KrebsOnSecurity stating:

People will eventually (most likely those who know me) tell me to turn myself in or something. I can’t do that; though I know its [sic] morally right. I’m too scared admittedly. Bomb threats are more fun and cooler than swats in my opinion and I should have just stuck to that. But I began making $ doing some swat requests.” The person also noted that the thrill of such hoaxes “comes from having to hide from police via net connections.

After a while, the Wichita Police Department did confirm this was a swatting incident due to the audio of the phone call that set off this whole thing.

Officer Involved shooting

The following is a the 911 audio and video of the officer involved shooting we release today during our press conference, please be advised the following video contains graphic content, viewer discretion is advised.

Posted by Wichita Police Department on Friday, December 29, 2017

The investigation is currently ongoing.

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