On Tuesday morning a swatting call was made to the residence of David Hogg
Hogg is a survivor of the Parkland school shooting and avid gun control activist
Law enforcement received a call of a man barricaded inside the Hogg residence
A swatting call in Wichita Kansas turned fatal in December
It is reported that a SWAT team was called to the family residence of Parkland shooting survivor and gun control activist David Hogg on Tuesday morning.
According to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, law enforcement received a call of a man barricaded inside the residence. After clearing the house, law enforcement found the call to be false and now believe Hogg was a victim of “Swatting.”
Swatting is a disturbing trend of making severe false calls to 911 in an attempt to get as many armed SWAT officers to respond to the victim’s address. Generally, these swatting incidents do not go further than causing panic and fear in the victim. However, in December a swatting called turned fatal in Wichita, Kansas.
Following an online dispute, 25-year-old Tyler Barriss made a swatting call to the residence where 28-year-old father of two Andrew Finch lived. Finch was not part of the online dispute that led to the swatting call. Barriss was told Finch’s address was the home of his intended victim.
After officers arrived and set up a perimeter around the home, Finch heard a commotion outside and opened the door to see what it was. A startled Finch was given roughly 7 seconds to comply with officers before Officer Justin Rapp fired one fatal shot from 44 yards away with an AR-15.
As Finch laid on the ground dying, his 17-year-old niece was forced to step over him. Other family members were treated as criminals and forced to stand outside in the freezing cold without proper attire. Personal possessions were taken by the Wichita Police Department, despite the family being the victims of a swatting call.
In April, Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett would decide no charges would be filed against Rapp. Barriss was originally charged with involuntary manslaughter, but since has been federally indicted as well. The swatting call in December is not believe to be Barriss’ first, as he is tied to incidents around the country.
The swatting against the Hogg family came just two days after the teen graduated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. At this time it is unclear who made the swatting call and their reason behind it.