False report led to officer-involved shooting

Wichita detectives are looking at phone report

WICHITA, Kan - UPDATE:  The FBI has joined the investigation of a fatal officer-involved shooting in Wichita.  The Kansas City office of the FBI has confirmed that agents have been asked to take part in the investigation of Thursday night's shooting near Seneca and McCormick.  

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Wichita police are continuing their investigation of a fatal-officer involved shooting that happened Thursday night. 

A man identified as 28-year-old Andrew Thomas Finch died after an officer fired his weapon in the 1000 block of West McCormick.  

Deputy police chief Troy Livingston said there was a report of a fatal shooting and a hostage situation that led officers to the home.  The report turned out to be false.   Police took three people from the home into custody for questioning. 

Members of the video gaming community in Wichita have been saying on Twitter that it was a case of one game player calling in a report on another player's home.  The practice is called "swatting" where someone calls a false report to get a SWAT team to someone else's home.    Livingston said that is one possibility that is being investigated.

Police were expecting to have more details later.   The officer involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave according to department policy.  Livingston said the officer is a seven-year veteran of the department.  

 

 

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