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  • Andrew Finch, 28, shot on doorstep after call alleging armed incident

  • Incident may be result of ‘swatting’ prank, falsely calling in armed officers

The mother of a Wichita, Kansas, man who was killed by police responding to a false report of a homicide and hostage situation has said her son was “murdered”.

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.

Such pranks are common among online gamers. Lisa Finch, the mother of the dead man, said he did not play video games.

Lisa Finch told the Wichita Eagle 28-year-old Andrew Finch, the father of two young children, was unarmed when he opened the door to the family home on Thursday night after hearing something.

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Andrew Finch’s mother, Lisa, said: ‘What gives the cops the right to open fire? That cop murdered my son over a false report.’
Andrew Finch’s mother, Lisa, said: ‘What gives the cops the right to open fire? That cop murdered my son over a false report.’ Photograph: Steve Skjold/Alamy

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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/dec/29/wichita-man-killed-by-police-after-false-hostage-report-was-murdered-mother-swatting

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