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Kansas Senate passes anti-swatting bill

Andrew Finch, a 28-year-old Wichita man, who was shot by the police over a swatting prank, Photo: Go Fund Me via MGN
Andrew Finch, a 28-year-old Wichita man, who was shot by the police over a swatting prank, Photo: Go Fund Me via MGN(KOLO)
Published: Mar. 27, 2018 at 11:18 AM CDT
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An anti-swatting bill will soon be headed to the desk of Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer.

The Kansas Senate unanimously voted in favor the bill named after Andrew T. Finch, a 28-year-old Wichita man who was shot and killed as the result of a swatting call in 2017.

The bill makes it a felony for anyone who makes a false alarm or swatting call that results in death or extreme injury. A conviction would carry a prison sentence between 10 and 41 years.

Finch was killed on Dec. 28 when Wichita police responded to a call that they believed to be a deadly hostage situation. Shortly after his death, investigators learned the call was false.

Tyler Barriss was arrested in California for placing the false call. He's since been charged with involuntary manslaughter, giving false alarm and falsely reporting a felony. He awaits trial in the Sedgwick County jail.

Since the shooting, Finch's family has called on the Wichita Police Department to release the name of the officer who fired the deadly shot. To date, the city and the police department have refused.

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