WICHITA, Kan. Update 8:15 p.m Saturday (Dec. 30):
The attorney for Andrew Finch's family Friday released a statement concerning the incident Thursday that led to the 28-year-old man's death. Attorney Kurt Kerns, in part, calls out the Wichita Police Department for "attempting to deflect the cause of death..."
"...While the family is pleased an alleged swatter was detained, the swatter did not shoot an unarmed man stepping out onto his porch.That was a WPD Officer. While the WPD has attempted to deflect the cause of death to a phone call- Andrew was killed by a bullet fired by an officer who clearly had no cause to fire.
Prank or no prank- no officer claimed to have seen a weapon before firing, and that fact alone makes this shooting reckless at best.
The family remains hopeful that all responsible are brought to justice including the shooter.
Original story from Friday, Dec. 29
The family of 28-year-old Andrew Finch says they are in shock after a
Wichita police officer fatally shot the man Thursday night at a home in southwest Wichita.
Finch's mother, Lisa, was home when her son was killed. She says police didn't give her son a warning before the shooting. She says he was checking the door to see where a noise was coming from.
"They did not shout a warning to him. As we were walking by to see what was going on, the door was open," Lisa says. "(Police) said 'come out with your hands up.'"
At a Friday afternoon briefing, WPD Deputy Chief Troy Livingston said officers gave Finch several verbal commands to put his hands up. . Livingston says Finch lowered his hands toward his "waist area" multiple times, eventually leading an officer to fire a shot for fear that the 28-year-old man had reached for a weapon.
“What happened with my son is not what they said happened on TV," Lisa Finch says. "I’m getting madder and madder and I won’t stop until I get justice.”
Police responded to the house near McCormick and Seneca because someone called to say a man had been shot and a family was being held hostage. That was not the case.
Lisa says police told her it was a case of "swatting" where someone makes a false report to police to try to get a SWAT team to respond to an address.
She says she does not know who made the false call to police, reporting a shooting and hostage situation.
Lisa says her son was unarmed and there are no guns in the family's home.
She says Finch had two young children who were not home at the time of Thursday night's shooting.
"He loved family," she says. "Family was everything to him. There was nothing he wouldn't do for anybody."
Andrew Finch's family has established a GoFundMe page to help pay for the man's funeral.