Call of Duty Swatting Prank Gets Innocent Man Killed by Cops

Call of Duty Swatting Prank Gets Innocent Man Killed by Cops

Police said the case was a result of "swatting", making a false call to 911 to get police and a SWAT team to another person's home.

While there's no confirmation yet that Barriss is "SWauTistic", the Twitter user who claimed to be one of the Call of Duty players and admitted to Krebs On Security's Brian Krebs that he was the one who made the call, the LA Times has found that Barriss has a history of such pranks.

The prank is becoming quite popular with online gamers across the country.

"The irresponsible acts of a prankster put people's lives at risk", said Livingston, the deputy Wichita chief.

"That was the information we were working off of", said Deputy Wichita Police Chief Troy Livingston, explaining that officers went to the house ready for a hostage situation and they "got into position". Cops are given a false story that usually revolves around a murder or an incident that involves hostages. "As he came to the front door, one of our officers discharged his weapon". The FBI estimates that roughly 400 cases of swatting occur annually.

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The police and FBI are investigating whether an argument between two players of the online game Call of Duty may have lead to the death of an unarmed man in Kansas on Thursday. In a since-deleted tweet on his now-suspended Twitter account, SWAuTistic denied responsibility for the attacks ... but didn't deny making the call.

Police have not disclosed the name of the man who was killed Thursday evening, but relatives identified him as Andrew Finch, 28.

Finch's address was given to the alleged "swatter" over a $2 bet on a video game rivalry. "If the false police call had not been made, we would not have been there".

The Eagle report reads that "Police don't think the man [Finch] fired at police". (The call) went to a substation first, then it was relayed to dispatch, then dispatch gave it to us.

The Associated Press reports that the FBI office in the Kansas City, Missouri, is involved in the investigation into Finch's shooting.

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As The Wichita Eagle reported, gamers on Twitter quickly began pointing to an argument over an online Call of Duty match, run using UMG Gaming's platform with $1.50 wager, as the starting point for the SWATting. The intended victim, who was not swatted, said this.

The person who was supposed to be the target of the prank tweeted: 'Someone tried to swat me and got an innocent man killed'. Said one gamer via email.

The officer will be placed on paid administrative leave, per department policy, as the incident is investigated. Police training takes three years in Germany; it takes an average of 19 weeks in the United States.

In addition to the 911 call, police also released a brief video of body camera footage from another officer at the scene.

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