Sunday, December 31, 2017

L.A Man Arrested For "Prank" After Sending Cops to Wrong Man's Home, Leading to His Death.

A Los Angeles man was arrested in the death of an innocent Kansas man who was shot by police after a prank gone wrong, NBC News reports. Los Angeles police arrested 25-year-old Tyler Barriss over a “swatting” prank that led to the death of 28-year-old Andrew Finch.

According to NBC News, Barriss made a false murder and kidnapping report and gave them Finch’s home address, which he believed was the address of a different person he had a gaming feud with. Finch was not involved with Barriss in any way. Police arrived at the Wichita home prepared for a hostage situation, then inexplicably shot Finch as he walked out of his home.
Finch was unarmed. “Due to the actions of a prankster we have an innocent victim,” Wichita Deputy Police Chief Troy Livingston said. “We believe this incident is a case of ‘swatting.'”
Swatting is an internet prank that involves falsely reporting a serious crime to draw a SWAT team or large police presence to the target’s home. Livingston called the incident “a tragic and senseless act,” adding that “the incident is a nightmare for everyone involved, including the family and our police department.” “What gives the cops the right to open fire?” Finch’s mother Lisa asked reporters at her home Friday. “That cop murdered my son over a false report in the first place.”

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