A "prankster" called 911 on Thursday and made a false report of a shooting and kidnapping, leading to the officer-involved fatal shooting of a 28-year-old Wichita father of two, Wichita Deputy Police Chief Troy Livingston said during a news conference Friday.
Swautistic, now identified as Tyler Barriss, has since been arrested by police. The booking sheet did not list a bail amount. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department listed his charge level as a felony, but spokesmen for the Wichita and Los Angeles police departments declined to detail the charges against him.
@SWauTistic, believing this really was @7aLeNT's home, called the Kansas police and informed them that a domestic dispute incident was taking place at the West McCormick Street address.
Livingston said police believe this was a case of "swatting" where someone makes a false call to initiate a response from a SWAT team to an address.
Tyler Barriss, 25, was arrested in Los Angeles on Friday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department and the Wichita Police Department.
However, police said Mr Finch moved towards his waistband and a single shot was sacked in fear that he was reaching for a gun. One officer fired and at least one bullet hit Finch, who died at the scene. The officer who fired the shot has been placed on administrative leave. As his username suggests, he is a serial swatter and also claims credit for a number of hoax bomb threats, including one targeting the offices of an ABC affiliate in Los Angeles in 2015, and the recent hoax that delayed the FCC's Net Neutrality vote.
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Police and the FBI are investigating claims that Mr Finch and the person who made the prank call had an argument over an online game, KABC reported. For instance, at 6:44pm SWAuTistic said he had poured gasoline around the home and was thinking about lighting it; Fitch was shot at 6:43pm, just as these further threats were being made.
There was no hostage situation, but police say they shot and killed a man who answered the door and reached for his waistband several times. She said her granddaughter was forced to step over her dying uncle and that no guns were found in the home. The FBI estimates that roughly 400 cases of swatting occur annually. An FBI supervisor in Kansas City, Missouri, which covers all of Kansas, said the agency joined in the investigation at the request of local police.
He threatened to set the house on fire, and then asked the operator: "Do you have my address correct?"
Mr Finch's mother Lisa Finch told reporters "that cop murdered my son over a false report in the first place".
In other cases of apparent swatting, three families in Florida had to evacuate their homes in January after a detective received an anonymous email claiming bombs had been placed at the address.
Police officers have a heavy burden: to make independent decisions to use or not use lethal force, often in a split-second, under stressful conditions.