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Police investigate if video game prank led to shooting death | Miami Herald

Police investigate if video game prank led to shooting death | Miami Herald

Kansas police are investigating whether an argument over an online game prompted a prank call that led to a house where an officer shot and killed a man who apparently wasn’t involved in the dispute.

Police and industry officials say the tragic death Thursday in Wichita, Kansas, may have been the result of a practice called "swatting," in which a person makes up a false report to get a SWAT team to descend on an address.

Wichita Deputy Police Chief Troy Livingston said the shooting happened Thursday while an officer was responding to a report that a father had been shot in the head and that a shooter was holding his mother, brother and sister hostage, The Wichita Eagle reports.

When police arrived at the house, Livingston said a 28-year-old man who came to the front door was shot and died. The man hasn’t been identified by police, but Lisa Finch told the newspaper that the victim was her son, Andrew Finch, and that he was unarmed and was not a gamer. Never miss a local story.

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