Call of Duty 'swatting' hoax leads to arrest in California

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Balsamo reported from Los Angeles.

Livingston said that they believe this was a case of "swatting", a prank where an individual calls police about a serious violent crime at another home with the intent of police - or a SWAT team - showing up unannounced. In 2013 a 12-year-old Southern California boy admitted to making swatting calls to the homes of actor Ashton Kutcher and singer Justin Bieber. The FBI estimates that roughly 400 cases of swatting occur annually.

Audio of the emergency call has been made public.

Wichita's deputy police chief, Troy Livingston, said the caller had dialled 911 claiming to be an occupant of the property who had shot his father and was holding his mother and sibling hostage. Armed officers in 2016 responded to an anonymous call claiming an active shooter was at Clark's home.

"As the incident unfolded, a 28-year-old male opened the front screen door and stood in the doorway or just outside that doorway", he said.

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Authorities have not released the name of the man who was killed on Thursday, but relatives have identified him as 28-year-old Andrew Finch.

Police say Mr Finch was later found to be unarmed, and was pronounced dead at a local hospital. He complied for a "very short time" and put his hands back down.

Officers soon flanked the house on three sides and readied themselves for a confrontation, Livingston said in his press conference. "Officers gave him several verbal commands to put his hands up and walk towards them".

Local and federal authorities are searching for the caller who is responsible for the deadly standoff, Livingston said.

Wichita Police Department bodycam image of the officer-involved shooting Thursday.

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"We woke this morning to frightful news about an innocent man losing his life", Shannon Gerritzen, a UMG vice president, said in an email to The Associated Press. The reports of a father being fatally shot prior to police arrival proved false.

Camera IconA gamer was killed after his opponent called police and reported a fake hostage situation. It is most common among online gamers, but relatives say Finch was not a gamer.

Gamers told The Eagle newspaper of Wichita that the fake call stemmed from a feud between two "Call of Duty" players. "He has better things to do with his time".

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.

Barriss is the same man who allegedly called in a bomb threat to KABC-TV in 2015, which led to an evacuation of the Los Angeles television station, according to the Glendale Police Department in Los Angeles County. The calls forced the studio to evacuate.

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