Unarmed Kansas Man Killed by Police in ‘Swatting’ Prank Over $1.50 ‘Call of Duty’ Bet

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A 25-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the “swatting” death of a Kansas man who was shot and killed by police Friday, possibly caught in the middle of a low-level gaming wager gone horribly wrong.

Twenty-eight-year-old Andrew Finch of Wichita, Kan., was killed after police responded to a false report of a murder and a hostage situation at his home. PC Gamer reports that when the 28-year-old came to his front door, he was shot and killed.

Finch appears to be a victim of “swatting,” which happens when someone calls authorities and makes up a false claim to get a heavily armed SWAT team to come to your home. Singer Chris Brown has been the victim of swatting. But in this case, the consequences of the prank were deadly.

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PC Gamer confirms that Tyler Barriss of Los Angeles has been arrested in connection with the swatting. The outlet notes that in October 2015, Barris was charged with making two fake bomb threats against ABC Studios in Glendale, Calif. He also may have have been involved in multiple bomb threats made against a “Call of Duty: WWII” tournament that took place earlier this month in Dallas.


Sources from the gaming community told reporters that the issue was over a “Call of Duty” game with a whole $1.50 riding on it.

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One of the gamers on the losing team allegedly recruited Barris, who goes by the name Swautistic, to swat the player he had beef with. The player, who goes by the name of Miruhcle, dared Barris to do it but gave a false address, which led police to the Finch home, where the tragedy took place.

Finch’s family said that he didn’t even play video games.

The officer who killed Finch, a seven-year veteran of the force, has been placed on administrative paid leave.

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Read more at PC Gamer and the Wichita Eagle.

Ms. Bronner Helm is the Senior Editorial Director at Colorlines. Mouthy Black Girl. Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Fellow. Shea Butter Feminist. Virgo Sun, Aries Moon.

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I read about this case yesterday on Twitter and I wished that the comments had shocked me. There were so many people that didn’t hold the police accountable...at all. They actually didn’t believe that the police had the responsibility to assess the situation first. They were perfectly ok with the police opening fire on an innocent man, killing him & asking questions later. Their continued justified arguments were...it’s the prankster’s fault, cops have to protect themselves, they don’t have time to think, they get scared too & why did the man open the door. They’re so loyal to law enforcement that they didn’t even care...that they went to the wrong house & murdered an innocent man.

Guess they won’t be upset then if the cops show up at their house by mistake, then open fire & kill everybody in their family. It’s already justified in their minds.