An officer for the Wichita Police Department has shot and killed 28-year-old Andrew Finch after receiving a “swatting” call
WPD received a call Thursday evening claiming a man had killed his father and was holding his family hostage
Officers arrived at the address they were given and fatally shot Finch after he came to the door
Deputy Chief Troy Livingston told local media he believed they were given false information
Twitter conversations claim Finch was an innocent victim in a “swatting” incident gone terribly wrong
Police have not given any details as to why an officer shot Finch
On Thursday evening, a well-known Internet prank turned deadly after police in Wichita, Kansas responded to a call claiming a man had killed his father and was holding his family hostage.
Police responded to the call, which ended with the shooting death of 28-year-old Andrew Thomas Finch. In a media briefing, Wichita Police Department Deputy Chief Troy Livingston stated they believe they were “given some misinformation on the call.” Finch did not murder his father, and there were no hostages at the residence.
During the media briefing, Livingston confirmed that Finch did not fire at officers. When asked if Finch was armed, there was no answer. It was said there will be more information released at Friday’s media briefing at 10:00 am.
What is known so far, is that Finch did answer the door and was then shot by a 7 year veteran of the WPD. Livingston said the officer would be interviewed then placed on paid administrative leave.
A Swatting Turned Deadly
While many questions remain surrounding the shooting, Twitter may be providing some answers. Multiple Twitter users are claiming that @Baperize “swatted” Finch. The account of @Baperize has been deleted in the last few hours.
Swatting is an old-school Internet prank that normally follows a DOX. Once the victim’s address is acquired from a DOX, a call is made to emergency services normally claiming something along the lines of weapons, hostages, or a murder in order to get a larger response from police. Basically, the more armed officers that arrive at the address, the more successful the swat.
Along with @Baperize’s account being deleted, the Twitter account of @SWAuTistic has been suspended and the account of @MiRuHcle has been deleted, all of whom Twitter users are claiming were somehow involved. It does appear that @MiRuHcle is possibly now using the account @xPHYRS. It is said that the Twitter account @7aLent is also @MiRuHcle, or is involved in some way to Thursday’s fatal swatting.
According to multiple Twitter conversations, @Baperize allegedly gave Finch’s address to @SWAuTistic, who performed the swat. However, others claim it was another Twitter user that gave @SWAuTistic Finch’s address after getting into an argument over a $1.50 bet on Call of Duty. Below are screenshots from the game confirming @MiRuHcle and @Baperize were involved in a $1.50 bet over Call of Duty: World War II, followed by tweets from other Twitter users.
During the argument, @MiRuHcIe posted @Baperize’s DOX. It is said that @Baperize asked a swatter to swat @MiRuHcle. Allegedly @MiRuHcle direct messaged the swatter, @SWAuTistic, with a threatening message and an address nearby him so it would look like the right one. That address @MiRuHcle allegedly gave was Finch’s address.
Before deleting his account, it is said @MiRuHcle tweeted out, “Somebody tried to swat me and got an innocent man killed.” In a message allegedly from @MiRuHcle to @SWAuTistic, he said, “Please try some shit. I’ll be waiting. 1033 w McCormick st Wichita Kansas 67217. I’ll have you in prison for 5 years buddy Casey already gave me all the proof I need bahahahah. Hello pussy bitch say something.”
Tweets from @SWAuTistic show him threatening to swat, and claiming he already has swatted people. Following word spreading of Finch’s death, @SWAuTistic tweeted, “I DIDNT GET ANYONE KILLED BECAUSE I DIDNT DISCHARGE A WEAPON AND BEING A SWAT MEMBER IS NOT MY PROFESSION.”
While this appears to possibly answer questions on how police ended up at Finch’s address, it does not answer any questions as to why an officer fired as soon as Finch came to the door. At this moment, it appears Finch was just an innocent man possibly responding to a noise outside, or a police command which ended up costing him his life.