LAPD: FBI assisting WPD and LAPD in 'swatting' investigation

Published: Dec. 28, 2017 at 6:55 PM CST
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Update 9 p.m. Saturday:

Eyewitness News Saturday spoke with a local attorney about who is responsible for the death of Andrew Finch to get a better understanding of what a case like this could mean.

Attorney Charley O'Hara says there will probably be federal charges for the man accused of "swatting," as well as state charged because the FBI helped with the arrest.

O'Hara says smilar charges would include terrorist threat or threats to places or events like schools or concerts.

He says there are a lot of aspects to the case, both with the man who made the prank call and with the officer who fired the fatal shot.

"The person that made that call and made that report was obviously wrong, but also, we need to question if good judgement was used when they responded to that call," O'Hara says. "Was that the correct way that we want our police officers or our law enforcement or the protectors of all of our safety to respond to situations like this?"

The atorney for Andrew Finch's family, "Kurt Kerns, says the Wichita Police Department 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," Kerns said in a statement released Saturday.


Update: 2:40 p.m.

The FBI confirms with Eyewitness News that they are assisting Wichita Police and Los Angeles Police are assisting in the investigation on the "swatting" call that lead to the death of 28-year-old Andrew “Andy” Finch.

A spokeperson released the following statement:

"The FBI assisted police in Wichita and Los Angeles in locating Barris yesterday. Barris served time after being charged by state authorities in Los Angeles for making threats and was released earlier this year. The FBI will continue to assist police as requested going forward."


Update 2:10 p.m.

Family of the man who died as a result of "swatting" call is holding a

to honor Andrew “Andy” Finch, 28.

The event is listed as public on Facebook and starts at 5:00 p.m. at the family's home.

The page suggests attendees bring a candle to show support for the family.


is also set up in Finch's name to assist with funeral costs.


Update 12:25 p.m.

The LA County Sheriff's Department lists Tyler Barriss, 25, arrested at 3:15 p.m. Friday local time in Los Angeles on a felony charge.

The booking report doesn't specifically list the exact charge at this time.

Barriss was booked into county jail at 11:25 p.m. Friday. The booking sheet does not list a bail amount.


Update 11:40 p.m.:

The Los Angeles Police Department confirms it's arrested 25-year-old Tyler Barriss, of Los Angeles, in connection with Thursday night's deadly "swatting" call in Wichita.

The LAPD says Barriss was arrested Friday afternoon.

Information from the City of Glendale, Calif. shows that in October 2015,


Update 4:15 p.m.:

The Wichita Police Department Friday confirms a prank call led to the deadly officer-involved shooting of a 28-year-old man in southwest Wichita.

Wichita Police Department Deputy Chief Troy Livingston says the department's thoughts and prayers are with the family of 28-year-old Andrew Finch and with the WPD officer who fatally shot him.

"Due to the actions of a prankster, we have an innocent victim," Livingston says.

Livingston says police believe this was a case of "swatting" where someone makes a false call to yield a response from a SWAT team to an address.

Andrew Finch's mother, Lisa Finch says she doesn't know who made that call to police giving them her address near McCormick and Seneca.

Police say when Finch came to the door, he was given several commands to put his hands up. Livingston says Finch lowered his hands toward his waistband multiple times, leading an officer to fear he was reaching for a weapon. That's when that officer fired, Livingston says.

Finch's mother, Lisa Finch

saying her son was not given a verbal warning prior to the shooting.


Update: 3:40 p.m.

Wichita police release more information about a deadly officer-involved shooting that may have stemmed from a possible swatting incident.

WATCH LIVE: Wichita police release more information about a possible "swatting" call that led to a man being shot and killed by an officer. #kwch12

Posted by KWCH 12 Eyewitness News on Friday, December 29, 2017


Update: 11:50 a.m. Friday:

The family of 28-year-old Andrew Finch says there was no warning when police arrived at their home in the 1000 block of W. McCormick Thursday night.

Police say they received a call stating a man had been killed and his family was being held hostage.

When police arrived at the home, Finch came to the door. He was shot and killed by an officer.

Police would not say if Finch was armed, but his family says he did not have a gun and there are no guns in the house.

Finch's mother, Lisa, says police told her the phone call was something called swatting - when someone makes a fake phone call trying to get a SWAT team to respond.

She says she doesn't know who made that call to police giving them her address.

"This is his blood. They were given the story that hostages were being held in here and that people were in here dead," says Lisa. "They did not shout a warning to him. As we were walking by to see what was going on, this door was open, they said come out with your hands up."

Finch had two children, ages seven and almost two. They were not at the house when this happened.

"He loved family, family was everything to him, there was nothing he wouldn't do for anybody," recalls Lisa.

We expect Wichita police to hold a press conference Friday afternoon to release more information about the shooting. It will air live on the KSCW-33 and on


Update 11:30 p.m. Thursday:

Family identifies the man fatally shot by a Wichita police officer Thursday night as 28-year-old Andrew Thomas Finch.

Questions remain regarding the circumstances that led up to the heavy police response and the shooting at the home near McCormick and Seneca. Police Thursday night indicated further information would be available on Friday.

Eyewitness News has seen a Twitter exchange where users claim what happened at the southwest Wichita home was a "swatting incident."

"Swatting is where someone contacts police and makes up a false report in order to get a SWAT team to respond to another person's address.

At Thursday night's police briefing, Wichita Police Department Deputy Chief Troy Livingston was asked whether this was a "swatting" incident or a prank.

"We don't know, but obviously detectives will look into that angle," Livingston said.


Update: Wichita police say one man is dead after a Wichita Police Department officer shot him on a call Thursday evening at a home near McCormick and Seneca in southwest Wichita.

The 28-year-old man died from his injuries at a local hospital, WPD Deputy Chief Troy Livingston says.

Livingston says the case began about 6:18 p.m. when officers responded to a report that a man had shot and killed his father in an argument and was holding his family hostage.

On the call, Livingston says police prepared for a hostage situation and an officer shot the 28-year-old when he came to the door.

The man was taken to a local hospital where he died, Livingston says.

Police say the man shot by an officer was the only person injured at the home. The reports of a father being fatally shot prior to police arrival proved false.

Livingston did not say if the 28-year-old man had a gun. He says the officer who shot the man is a seven-year veteran with the Wichita Police Department.


Two people are critically injured in a shooting in west Wichita.

It happened a little before 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the 1000 block of West McCormick, near McCormick and Seneca.

Police have traffic blocked near the scene and people are asked to avoid the area of McCormick and Seneca.

We have a crew near the scene to gather further information once it's available.