Estes introduces swatting bill

Bill would increase penalty for swatting

WASHINGTON - Kansas Congressman Ron Estes has introduced a swatting bill.

The bill is in response to the December shooting death of Andrew Finch by Wichita Police.  Officers were called to Finch's home by a fake call to 911 from another man, claiming to have killed his father, and was holding his family hostage.

Finch was shot by an officer stationed across the street after he briefly dropped his hands.  25-year-old Tyler Barris of Los Angeles was arrested extradited to Wichita to face charges in the case.

Under the proposed bill by Estes, a swatting call that resulted in someone being injured would carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.  The Kansas House also recently passed its own swatting bill. 

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