A man arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of making a 911 call to police in Kansas as part of a deadly "swatting" prank is being held without bail pending an extradition hearing, authorities said Tuesday. Livingston said Finch moved a hand toward the area of his waistband and an officer, fearing that he was reaching for a gun, fired a single shot.
Multiple sources told NBC News that the prank arose from an online gaming dispute that prompted Bariss to give the address to authorities, which turned out to be the house of Finch, who had no involvement in what was going on.
Court records show Barriss was convicted in 2016 on two counts of making a false bomb report to a TV station in Glendale, California, and sentenced to two years in Los Angeles County jail. "Barris served time after being charged by state authorities in Los Angeles for making threats and was released earlier this year", the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a statement, but did not directly link the sentence to the KABC bomb threat.
Authorities say that Barriss made the call to police.
Lisa Finch said the Wichita Police Department hasn't been forthcoming with the family about her son's death.
She recounted how police forced her, her roommate and granddaughter to step over her son's body and out of the home into the cold where they were all handcuffed and questioned.More news: India bans Price Waterhouse from auditing listed firms for two years
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An attorney on behalf of the mother, Lisa Finch, and her family are calling for the police officer who shot and killed her son while responding to the alleged fake call to be charged over his death. Police thought that they were responding to a violent hostage situation at the home. Upon arriving at the scene, officers surrounded the front of the house, preparing to make contact with the caller inside and for the potential situation of a suspect barricaded with hostages, police said.
Following quickly after the Finch killing, another Wichita police officer almost killed a 9-year-old girl in her family's home Saturday night.
The Wichita Police Department has no policy or specific training on "swatting" - a hoax that involves officers being dispatched to faked emergencies, Police Chief Gordon Ramsay said Tuesday. They were then transported downtown and interviewed by Wichita police officers.
"He said this should not have happened", Finch had said.
"The irresponsible actions of a prankster put people's lives at risk", he said. The author of the tweets also says they didn't kill anyone because they didn't fire a weapon. Police claim that he made the call that triggered the massive police response in Kansas.
Apparently, the Call of Duty swatting incident was sparked by an argument over money (a minuscule amount too, apparently around $1.50).