An innocent man was shot and killed by police Thursday after a "swatting" prank led authorities to a home in Kansas, officials say.
A feud between two Call of Duty game players sparked the hoax call. However, the address given to police led them to the doorstep of 28-year-old Andrew Finch, who was not part of the online gaming community, police say.
"Due to the actions of a prankster, we have an innocent victim," Wichita police Deputy Chief Troy Livingston said during a press conference Friday.
Officers responded to a report of a gunman holding his mother, brother and sister hostage after shooting his father in the head Thursday night, Livingston said.
More than a dozen gamers told the Eagle that a feud between two Call of Duty players sparked the swatting call.
The gamers were arguing when one threatened to target the other. The intended target gave the other gamer a "fake" address, according to Twitter posts.
"We believe this case is an act of swatting," Livingston confirmed Friday.
Several social media users placed blame on one gamer, who tweeted about the incident.
"I DIDNT GET ANYONE KILLED BECAUSE I DIDNT DISCHARGE A WEAPON AND BEING A SWAT MEMBER ISNT MY PROFESSION," the gamer tweeted. The account was suspended overnight.
The Los Angeles Police Department arrested 25-year-old Tyler Barriss in connection with the deadly call, according to multiple reports.