Law enforcement officers in Los Angeles arrested a 25-year-old man suspected of making a hoax emergency call that resulted in a police officer shooting and killing a man in Kansas. Tyler Barriss was arrested on suspicion that he carried out what is known as a “swatting” call, which is when someone makes a false report of a crime in hopes of getting a SWAT team to show up at the targeted address. In this case, the caller referenced a shooting and a hostage situation at an address in Kansas, where police shot and killed a 28-year-old father of two.
Police have not revealed the name of the Kansas man who was killed Thursday but relatives identified him as Andrew Finch. His family said Finch was not a gamer and went outside when he heard the law enforcement officers who had arrived apparently ready to face off in a hostage situation. When officers asked him to put his hands up, Finch reportedly moved his hand toward his waistband and an officer fired a shot, fearing he was reaching for a gun. He died a few minutes later.