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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 Kansas House has voted to toughen penalties for so-called swatting pranks that use false police reports to draw law enforcement to an address.

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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.


The family of a Wichita man who was fatally shot by police on his porch after a hoax emergency call has sued the city and the unidentified officers involved.

The federal lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court of Kansas seeks unspecified damages related to the Dec. 28 death of Andrew Finch. He was shot by police responding to a California man's call with a fake story about a shooting and kidnapping at Finch's Wichita home. Finch, 28, was unarmed.


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.


A suspect in the deadly Wichita swatting case was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail Thursday afternoon.


The Wichita Police Department says the fatal police shooting that killed a man in late December started with a prank phone call, commonly referred to as swatting.

In swatting cases, callers utilize technology to make 911 calls appear local—also known as spoofing—and then report a false emergency at a victim’s home to get a strong police and SWAT team response, which is where the term gets its name. The harassment is often associated with the dark corners of online gaming.

Kansas House Rep. Gail Finney says she expects the state Legislature will beef up a law related to swatting after a recent incident in Wichita that left one man dead.

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Wichita Police say investigators are interviewing people involved in a hoax 911 call that led to a fatal police shooting, but that no new arrests have been made.  

Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay provided few updates on the case during a news conference Friday, saying only that officers are focused on following up with people involved. Ramsay wouldn't provide details about those people or their alleged involvement.

Investigators say Andrew Finch was fatally shot by Wichita police after a man falsely reported a shooting and kidnapping at Finch's address.


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.