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The Latest: Relative identifies man shot in suspected prank

The Latest: Relative identifies man shot in suspected prank

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on officer shooting, killing man while investigating false report (all times local):

12:30 p.m.

A relative has identified a man shot and killed by a police officer investigating a false report of a homicide and hostage situation in Kansas.

Madeline Finch says the man killed Thursday in a Wichita home was her nephew, Andrew Finch. She said the family was "saddened" but declined to comment further. Police are investigating whether the call that led police to the home was a so-called "swatting" prank in which someone makes up a false report to get a SWAT team to descend upon a home.

Deputy Police Chief Troy Livingston says a 28-year-old man was shot as he came to the front door. Livingston didn't say what caused the officer to shoot the man or whether he was armed. No one else was wounded in the home.

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11:30 a.m.

Authorities are investigating whether a deadly police shooting in Wichita stemmed from someone making up a false report to get a SWAT team to descend upon a home in a practice known as "swatting."

Deputy Police Chief Troy Livingston says the shooting happened Thursday while an officer was responding to a report that someone had been accidentally fatally shot and that three people were being held hostage. He says a 28-year-old man was shot as he came to the front door. No one else was wounded in the home.

Livingston didn't say what caused the officer to shoot or whether the man was armed. WIBW-TV reports that he says police are investigating whether the call was a prank.

Swatting is believed to be more common among the online gaming community.

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8:50 a.m.

Police say an officer has shot and killed a man in Wichita while investigating a report of a homicide and hostage situation that later was found to be false.

The Wichita Eagle reports that the shooting happened Thursday night. Deputy Police Chief Troy Livingston says the officer was responding to a report that someone had been accidentally fatally shot and that the shooter was holding three people hostage. He said a 28-year-old man was shot as he came to the front door.

Livingston didn't say what caused the officer to shoot the man or whether he was armed. Livingston said that when officers got inside the house, they didn't find anyone with gunshot wounds. Several people inside the home are being interviewed as part of an investigation into the shooting.

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Information from: WIBW-TV.


Updated : 2021-08-01 03:42 GMT+08:00