Andrew Finch

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The Wichita Police officer who killed a man during a swatting incident last December will not face criminal charges.

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The Kansas Senate has passed a bill that increases the penalties for people who make “swatting” calls.

The bill was sparked by a swatting incident in December in which Andrew Finch was killed by Wichita Police responding to a fake call about a hostage situation at his address.

Swatting involves making a false 911 call to draw law enforcement to an address.

Finch was shot when he came onto his porch to investigate the police activity outside. Police have said Finch disobeyed police commands and was reaching towards his waistband when he was shot.

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Congressman Ron Estes of Wichita has introduced a bill that would increase penalties for swatting incidents.

The punishment could include up to 20 years in prison if someone is seriously injured as a result of swatting. A bill to increase swatting penalties has also been introduced in the Kansas Legislature.

Swatting involves making a false report of a crime in progress to emergency dispatchers in order to get a large number of police officers to descend on an address. The calls often arise after disputes between members of the online gaming community.

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The mother of a Wichita man who was fatally shot by a police officer last month in a swatting incident says she is seeking justice.

GLENDALE, CALIF., POLICE DEPARTMENT/ AP

A California man accused of making a hoax emergency call that led to the fatal police shooting of an unarmed Wichita man was charged Friday with involuntary manslaughter.

Tyler Barriss, 25, made his first appearance in Sedgwick County District Court following extradition from California. He was also charged with giving false alarm and interference with a law enforcement officer. Bond was set at $500,000.

GLENDALE, CALIF., POLICE DEPARTMENT/ AP

A Los Angeles man suspected of making a hoax emergency call that led to the fatal police shooting of a Wichita man told a judge Wednesday he would not fight efforts to send him to Kansas to face charges.